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The full lineup has been announced for the August 28 ESPN2 Friday Night Fights “season finale” card featuring Juan Urango vs Randall Bailey and Clinton Woods vs Tavoris Cloud at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. Undercard bouts include featherweight Rances Barthelemy (1-0, 1 KO), brother of 2004 Olympic Gold medalist Yan Barthelemy, against Vinesah Rungea (2-13-3). 2004 Olympian Luis Franco (1-0, 1 KO) meets Charlie Serrano (8-2, 2 KOs) in a jr lightweight bout. Jr welter Jesus Pabon (14-1, 8 KOs) will face unbeaten Prenice Brewer (12-0-1, 6 KOs). 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez (4-0, 4 KOs) takes on Jason Thompson (5-3-1, 4 KOs) and super middleweight Joel Morales (2-0, 2 KOs) fights Robert Campbell (3-2-1, 3 KOs).
By Lee Bates
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) and 3-time world title challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) faced off for the first time today since their first bout this past June at the Madison Square Garden in New York. A press conference was held today in San Juan, Puerto to promote their anticipated rematch of their technical draw which is scheduled for Saturday September 12th in Puerto Rico. The bout went to the scorecards after 6 rounds due to an accidental head butt suffered by Calderon. Each fighter one on a scorecard while one judge had it a draw. Calderon vowed to fight his fight this time around. (more…)
Florida promoters One Punch Productions and Fight Factory Promotions are joining forces for a series of Tampa Bay area shows. One Punch Productions has operated in the Tampa area for the past nine years, and Fight Factory Promotions is the new partnership of Pete Fernandez and Michael Asmer, two former partners of the recently dissolved Starfight Productions. “I think it’s a great fit,” commented One Punch President Terry J. Trekas. “Why compete against each other for dates, sponsors, and opponents, when we can work together and still satisfy all our commitments?” The new alliance plans to run six to eight shows per year in the Tampa Bay area, with the first event already set for September 19 at the Downtown Hyatt Regency in Tampa. An additional show in November will round out the year, and the 2010 schedule should be set sometime in December. (more…)
By Robert Coster
The newest light-heavyweight world champion is 26 year-old Canadian Jean Pascal who won the coveted WBC title from Adrian Diaconu with a thrilling 12 round decision. The Haitian-born Pascal is a hero in Quebec where he lives and fights but not yet known in the United States. American boxing fans will hopefully soon have the opportunity to discover this young man who combines talent, heart and an engaging personality. Boxing experts in Canada predicted a bright future for Jean Pascal ever since his amateur days when he was a star of the Canadian national team. Jean Pascal (23-1, 15 KOs) is also an example of a success story of a young immigrant who has reached the pinnacle through hard work and effort. Fightnews sat with Pascal as he was getting ready to leave for his training camp in New York in view of his first title defense against Silvio Branco on September 25th in Montreal. (more…)
When you are the son of a living legend, you are 6’4” and 250 pounds, and you are undefeated at 2-0, it isn’t always the easiest for a promoter to find an opponent. But when Southern California promoter Roy Englebrecht went looking for an opponent for George Foreman III on his September 10th pro boxing show at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, California, he was floored by what an opponent wanted to take the fight. “When I approached Chico’s 0-1 Jesus Hernandez about taking the four round heavyweight bout, Hernandez agreed to the purse amount, said Englebrecht. “But then he told me that the only way he would sign the bout contract would be if I also threw in a new George Foreman Grill and an autographed photo of the former heavyweight champion. So I got on the phone with the Foreman camp and at the Weigh In on September 9th I will happily present Hernandez with a brand new Foreman Grill, and even better the grill will be autographed by George!” (more…)
Former WBA title challenger Owen “What The Heck” Beck (28-3) has been added to the huge Horseshoe Casino show this Friday in Hammond, IN. Beck will meet Jameel Barnes in a scheduled 8-rounder. Beck-Barnes is the latest addition to an already stacked-card that includes Angel Hernandez vs. Antwun Echols (8 rounds), Emanuel Steward protégé Andy Lee, Indiana’s fighting Cook brothers, Nick (15-1) and Jason (3-0 ). “It’s a boxing fan’s stimulus package,” quipped promoter Billy Reese, Wild Bill’s Boxing. “Fans will get 46 rounds of boxing for as little as $30 (general admission ticket) and FREE PARKING!,” Reese added. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the first bout starting at 7:30 pm. You must be 21 years or older to attend this casino show. Wild Bill’s Boxing is promoting in association with Hitz Entertainment. Tickets are $30, $40 and $90. Call 800-745-3000.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten 20-year-old Thai girl Yani Kokietgym (6-0) arrived in Osaka, Japan, today (Wednesday) before her ambitious shot at the WBA female minimum title against also unbeaten defending champ Etsuko Tada (5-0, 2 KOs), a southpaw Japanese speedster, here on this coming Sunday. Yani strenuously made her first workout for two hours in the afternoon after her arrival at 7:30 AM. Tada, 28, had compiled an excellent amateur mark of 47-3, while Yani 30-5 as unpaid boxer. Though the women’s boxing is still less popular here, Tada, one of the best in Japan, is expected to show a good performance to draw more attention from our fight fans.
By Joe Koizumi
Misako Promotions announced that WBC #22 Japanese veteran Takahisa Masuda (20-8-3, 5 KOs), a tall boxer-puncher, would have a shot at the WBC interim flyweight belt against Pongsaklek Wongjongkam (72-3-1, 38 KOs), a 32-year-old southpaw Thailander, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, only ten days later on August 28. Masuda, 30, then rated #6 by the WBC, dropped an upset decision to up-and-coming Takayasu Kobayashi in his previous bout this June, but now shows his fighting spirit to wrest the throne abroad. Pongsaklek forfeited his WBC throne to current titlist Daisuke Naito, Japan, via upset verdict in July 2007 and failed to win it back in their grudge fight here eight months later. The slick-punching ex-champ, however, acquired the interim WBC diadem by a unanimous nod over highly-regarded Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda last April.
The “Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius (8-0, 4 KOs) will return to the ring on August 29 when he takes on Serdar Uysal (9-7, 4 KOs) on the undercard of the WBO cruiserweight title fight between Victor Emilio Ramirez and Marco “Captain” Huck. The Scandinavian heavyweight hopeful comes off a spectacular win in Helsinki where he knocked out experienced Scott Gammer in May. “Everything worked to perfection that night,” Helenius said. “Beating a strong opponent like Gammer at such an early stage of my career has given me an additional boost. On August 29 I will continue where I left it.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#6 super lightweight Jungbum Kim (32-3-1, 28 KOs), a hard-punching Korean southpaw, will put his OPBF 140-pound belt on the line against ex-OPBF 130-pound and 135-pound ruler Randy Suico (28-5-1, 24 KOs), Philippines, during the WBC convention most probably on November 6. Kim will be a pre-fight favorite since Suico lost twice in a row to Ichitaro Ishii (retired) and Kengo Nagashima in Japan before he outgrew the lightweight category. Kim captured the OPBF throne by a second-round demolition of Japan’s Masakazu Satake in October 2004 and registered five defenses all within the distance since. Though he lost a decision to Mexican Arturo Morua in Hollywood, California in April 2005, Kim has scored nine consecutive knockouts thereafter. Attendants in the WBC convention will watch their give-and-take brawl in a commemoration show in Cheju, Korea.
Super middleweight Joey Gilbert of “Contender” fame will face off against Ivan Stovall in the eight round main event in Fallon, Nevada, on August 29th Reno native Gilbert (17-2, 13 KOs), is returning to the ring following his showdown with cross-town rival Jesse Brinkley on February 14th. The 30 year old Stovall brings a record of 10-4, 7 KOs) into the fight. Featured on the undercard will be lightweight prospect Bayan Jargal and Reno based brothers Derek and Tyler Hinkey. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $10 for kids 17 and under, are available now through the Fallon Convention Center by calling 866-232-5566 or 775-423-4556.
Turns out that the unanimous decision won by Gabriel Campillo over Beibut Shumenov was actually a majority decision. Apparently when the master scoresheet was filled in after round four, judge Glenn Feldman’s scorecard was accidentally penciled in as 10-9 for Campillo when in actually Feldman scored it 10-9 for Shumenov. As a result, Feldman’s final tally has now been revised from 114-112 favoring Campillo to 113-113. The cards of judges John Coyle (114-113) and Pasquale Procopio (115-111) both for Campillo were unaffected. The mistake was discovered on Sunday.
Light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker will look to win his first title, as he will take on tough veteran Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl (27-7, 21 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada on September 25th at the Shipley Arena. Tucker (11-0, 7 KOs) is hoping to stay on the fast track to stardom but will have his hands full come September 25. The experienced Strohl has fought top rated fighters from light heavy to heavyweight, battling the likes of #1 contender Tavoris Cloud, Cedric Boswell, and 2000 Olympian Calvin Brock among others. Though he has been a pro for less than two years, Tucker holds victories over longtime contenders Rubin Williams and Ross Thompson, both of whom fought for world titles. The Tucker- Strohl contest is scheduled for ten rounds and is for the USBO light heavyweight belt. (more…)
FightNews has been informed that the inaugural card of Winky Wright’s Knockout Entertainment scheduled for tonight at the M2 UltraLounge in New York City, has been postponed until the company finalizes their promotional license. Knockout Entertainment hopes to launch the “Knockout Fight Club” series this Fall with shows to follow at South Beach, FL and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The concept behind the “Knockout Fight Club” series is to combine musical performances with boxing and hosts the events at trendy nightclubs.
By Peter Lim
Former two-time IBF featherweight titleholder Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero attempts to conquer a second weight division when he takes on IBF super featherweight titlist Malcolmn Klassen in Houston at the Toyota Center on Saturday, Aug. 22 on the undercard to Juan Diaz-Paul Malignaggi. “I was getting a little too big for featherweight,” the sharpshooting southpaw said. “Now that I’m at 130 pounds, I feel amazing. I love it.” The bout, staged by Golden Boy Promotions, will be aired on HBO. (more…)
It won’t be Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Wanderlei Silva, or Randy Couture in front of him, but on Monday, September 21st, when UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell makes his debut on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars”, the stage may have changed, but the intent hasn’t.
“I want to win,” Liddell told UFC.com. “I don’t like losing in anything, so I’ll work as hard as they’ll let me.” (more…)
Unbeaten Spanish lightweight Luca “The Black Mamba” Giacon (7-0, 7 KOs), is scheduled to risk his undefeated condition on Thursday at the Fantastic Casino La Doña in Panama City, Panama, against local Leovigildo Siris (3-5-1, 1 KOs), in 6 rounds at 135 pounds. Giacon, a native of Malaga, Spain, has prepared at the Pedro Alcazar Gym in Curundu, Panama. This bout headlines a seven fight card organized by Premium Boxing Promotions which also includes two female bouts. The show starts at 7:30 PM with free admission.
Spike TV’s telecast of UFC 100 (originally airing on pay-per-view July 11) drew more Men 18-34 (513,000) than anything else on television on Saturday, August 15. Airing from 10:00pm-12:30am ET/PT, the telecast drew 2 million viewers, a 1.8 rating in Men 18-34, a 1.7 rating (950,000) in Men 18-49, and a 1.5 household rating. (more…)
Middleweight Karl “KJ” Noons will take to the hill on Wednesday night, August 19th at Petco Park to throw out the first pitch before the San Diego Padres take on the Chicago Cubs . . . . click here for more
2004 Mexican Olympian Abner Mares (18-0, 11 KOs) will face Carlos Fulgencio (11-3-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round junior featherweight bout and “Dangerous” David Rodela (13-1-3, 6 KOs) will battle Gamalier Rodriguez (8-1-2, 4 KOs) in the co-featured six-round junior lightweight fight topping the third edition of the monthly live boxing series “Fight Night Club” at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia in Los Angeles on August 27th.
The officials for the September 26 WBC heavyweight championship bout between Vitali Klitschko and Chris Arreola have been selected and approved by the Officials Committee of the California State Athletic Commission. The referee will be Jon Schorle (California). Judges are Ken Morita (Japan), Anek Hongtongkam (Thailand) and Guido Cavalieri (Italy).
Undefeated Nigerian junior middleweight Albert “The Punisher” Onolunose has stepped in to face Grady Brewer in the main event this Saturday night, August 22nd at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions. Brewer was originally scheduled to face Philadelphia’s Anthony Thompson who withdrew this past weekend from the fight. Said Koerner, “Thompson just backed out, he left a message claiming that he’s retiring from boxing and doesn’t want to fight anymore. Luckily Onolunose has stepped in to face Brewer on short notice.” (more…)
The TV undercard for the Floyd Mayweather vs Juan Manuel Marquez showdown on September 19 was officially announced today. The lineup includes WBA featherweight champion Chris John (42-0-2, 22 KOs) in a rematch against Rocky Juarez (28-4-1, 20 KOs), former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) will try to regain that now vacant title against 2004 Olympian Vicente Escobedo (21-1, 13 KOs) and welterweight Zab Judah (37-6, 25 KOs) faces comebacking Antonio “Toño” Diaz (46-5-1, 29 KOs).
After a monstrous opening sale, less than 1,000 tickets remain at the 16,200-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena for Top Rank’s ‘FirePower’ Pay Per View featuring Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto. All of the 9,000 seats at $150, $350 and $500 are completely sold out. The available seats are at the $1,000 and $750 price categories. Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, was elated with the huge response. “We are looking forward to making Pacquiao vs Cotto as one of the greatest box office and Pay Per View successes of all-time,” he said. Pacquiao vs. Cotto is scheduled November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Cotto ‘FirePower’ will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Ken Reinsfield guides the career of world heavyweight contender Shane Cameron who will clash with David Tua on October 3rd in New Zealand in what will be the biggest fight in New Zealand boxing history. Fightnews talks with Ken who explains about his special relationship with Shane, how difficult it was to make the Tua vs Cameron fight happen, why Cameron deserves to be favorite and the advice Mike Tyson gave him when he worked as a sparring partner to the former unified world heavyweight title holder. (more…)
Cecilia Braekhus is looking forward to her first professional fight in Denmark as she prepares for her September 12 clash with Lucia Morelli. The First Lady, unbeaten in 12 bouts (2 KOs), is thrilled to be a part of Team Sauerland´s fight night in Herning. “I cannot box in Norway, so this is probably about as close as I will get to home,” she said with her trademark smile. “I am really excited to fight in Herning. I have a lot of friends in Denmark and I really want to put on a good show.” (more…)
Undefeated Canadian welterweight contender Phil Lo Greco (17-0, 9 KOs) will make his debut for his new Italian promoters OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) on Saturday in Budapest against Frenchman Sebastian Spengler (14-9-2, 4 KOs). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.
By Alexey Sukachev
Following his impressive performance against tough Nigerian Eromosele Albert last Saturday, Russian junior middleweight Zaurbek Baysangurov (22-1, 16 KOs) was highly praised by Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov. Baysangurov, who retained his WBA Intercontinental title during his shutout victory, was awarded with new apartments in the centre of Grozny and was also decorated with the highest national honor, i.e. the order of Ahmad Kadyrov, former Chechen president and the late father of Ramzan Kadyrov. The winning fighter, who is promoted by K2 East Promotions, was also given a huge bonus paycheck of $300,000 by Moscow businessmen Ruslan Baysarov. Both Kadyrov and Wladimir Klitschko witnessed Zaurbek’s win at ringside on Saturday night.
Former unified lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz takes on former 140-pound world titleholder Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi on Saturday in the headliner at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The co-featured bout sees IBF junior lightweight world champion Malcolm Klassen challenged by heavy-handed Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero as he looks for a world title in a second weight class. Opening up the nationally televised portion of the card is unbeaten rising middleweight star Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs against ‘Contender’ alumnus Ishe Smith. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Reports from the New South Wales government in Australia today are indicating that the proposed IBO cruiserweight title fight between Australian Danny Green and Roy Jones Jr will be held in Sydney on November 21st. It was widely expected that Ethiad Stadium in Melbourne was a front runner to hold the bout with a capacity of 50,000 that would accommodate Australia’s biggest and most anticipated fight ever. However, the NSW premier Nathan Ress confirmed today, “This is the biggest fight in Australian boxing history and we will be arranging a huge spectacle for the people of the country. After such a great win in the USA I am sure the people of Australia want to get behind Danny Green in a fight that all of us want to see. We will be planning a number of big events in the build up to the fight that will beam Australia all around the globe.” Many people expect a live gate in excess of 40,000 for the bout and Sydney possesses a number of relevant venues with the Sydney Football Stadium holding 45,000 and Stadium Australia, which was built for the 2000 Olympics, holds a capacity of 83,000 fans. Either would be the preferred option in the city.
By Jose Reyes
Little Rock, Arkansas lightweight prospect “The One” Rashad Ganaway (10-1-1, 7 KOs) will face unbeaten lightweight prospect Mickey Bey (12-0, 7 KOs) in a scheduled 8 round bout on the Golden Boy Promotion: Juan Diaz vs Paul Malignagi undercard Saturday, August 22nd at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Ganaway has been on a steady climb on the win column after turning pro late in January 2008. Despite Rashad’s impressive amateur record (Rashad amassed a record of 280-23) and multiple trips to national tournaments, his amateur career wasn’t laced with awards and national titles, which is why Rashad intends to make up for it as a pro. What makes Rashad more than a blip on the radar in boxing in the thick lightweight division is his lightning quick speed and explosive firepower. Read on to get to know more about this up and coming lightweight prospect who will be taking on his toughest assignment to date when he faces Mickey Bey. (more…)
By Brady Crytzer; photos by Gary Sarti
Following four exciting rounds of action Friday evening at the Pullman Park in Butler, PA, the contest for the vacant NABO heavyweight title between Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-2, 21 KOs) and Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes (31-1-2, 27 KOs) was waved off due to an accidental headbutt which opened a cut over the left eye of Minto. After reviewing the scorecards, Minto was awarded a technical decision. (More)
By Marty Rosengarten
Top Rank today won a purse bid to promote the WBA super welterweight championship defense of Daniel Santos against mandatory challenger Yuri Foreman at the WBA office in Panama City, Panama. Top Rank’s Carl Moretti presented the winning (and only) bid of $165,000. Possible dates and sites are November 14th on the Pacquiao-Cotto super card in Las Vegas, or December 5th in either New York City or Atlantic City.
The attractive clash between between WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs) and WBO interim jr middleweight champ Paul “The Punisher” Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) in Atlantic City, NJ, has been postponed due to a Pavlik hand injury. Kelly suffered an injury to the middle knuckle of his left hand while training. As a result, the bout will be have to be rescheduled from October 3 to possibly November 21 or early December. Stay tuned…
Junior middleweight contenders “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs) and Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs) will meet in the co-feature on the big Chad Dawson-Glenn Johnson II card in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 7. Both bouts will be televised on HBO.
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