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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Montreal said goodbye to a champion Monday as a standing-room only crowd of family and friends packed the Notre Dame de la Defence Church in the city’s Little Italy District for the funeral of Arturo Gatti. Close to a thousand people clogged the aisles and spilled outside for the one hour service that included a WBC belt being awarded posthumously and presented to his mother Ida Gatti. Everyone from the Montreal boxing community was on hand including stars Lucian Bute, Joachim Alcine, Yvon Michel and Stephane Larouche along with childhood friends Mike Moffa and Victor Salvatore. Letters from the Mayor of Jersey City and Mike Tyson were read aloud to those in attendance. Tyson’s words recalled first meeting a very young Gatti in the Catskills while training with the likes of Matthew Hilton. Stories were told of a young Gatti making the trip down to Jersey shore as a teenager with no money and just a few clothes bundled in plastic bag as he met up with his brother Joe who had made the trip a few years earlier in pursuit of the same goal. Mourners came from far and wide including promoters Carl Morreti and Kathy Duva, longtime trainer Buddy McGirt, and the man he’ll be forever linked with, Micky Ward. The misty-eyed gathering stood and applauded as the casket containing the two-time champion left the building, saying goodbye and thank you for the final time.
Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, announced today that the mega-fight between boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound king and the reigning Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) Fighter of the Year, Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao, and the pride of Puerto Rico and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto is official. “Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto have reached an agreement to fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 14,” said Arum. The fight will be seen live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Top Rank is working on a major media tour to start right after Labor Day. Further details will be announced as we get closer to kicking off the tour.” (more…)
In addition to the purse bid for Kessler-Perdomo, Brian Peters Promotions won the right to promote WBA super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne’s first title defense against interim titleholder Poonsawat Kratindaeng. The winning bid was $120,000 with Peters being the only bidder. Possible dates and places for the fight are September 26th in Dublin, Ireland, October 2nd in Macau, China or October 3rd in New York City. Both purse auctions were held at the European Boxing Association (EBA) office in Vitoria, Spain.
Team Sauerland today won the purse bid for WBA Super-Middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler´s mandatory defense against Gusmyl Perdomo with an offer of $2,114,000 (USD). General Manager Chris Meyer was pleased about the outcome. “We really wanted to promote Mikkel´s first fight as a member of our team,” he said. “We will announce the date and the venue soon.” Other bids were presented by Universum Box-Promotion and Team Palle. Possible dates and places of winning bid: September 12th in Herning, Denmark, or Flensburg, Germany. The mandatory defence against Perdomo will be the Viking Warrior´s last fight before participating in SHOWTIME’s groundbreaking “Super Six World Boxing Classic.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
A long distance call from Bob Arum over the weekend proved crucial in compelling Manny Pacquiao to finally make a decision to face Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico, a senior adviser of the Filipino fighter told fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Monday night. Mike Koncz said Pacquiao and Cotto will square off at 145 lbs on Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and “an adjustment” was made in the negotiations in Pacquiao’s favor. Koncz, however, politely declined to divulge details. Pacquiao had insisted that Cotto go down to 143 lbs for the fight to take place but Arum may have said something that was music to Pacquiao’s ears. Pacquiao lawyer Franklin Gacal said recently that “a premium” would likely persuade Pacquiao to accommodate Cotto’s request that the scheduled 12-rounder be fought at 145 lbs. It had originally been planned that Pacquiao, Koncz and Gacal would fly to Los Angeles but Koncz said there would be no more need for such a tiring and costly trip since Pacquiao has already agreed. Koncz said an announcement from Arum is expected soon.
FightNews has learned that more then two dozen U.S. boxing promoters are meeting Monday afternoon in New York City behind closed doors to discuss the “State of Boxing” and how to revive the industry. Insiders state that promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing is the “promoter” of the summit but DeGuardia did not return calls and his staff did not comment. No media will be allowed at the meeting but FightNews was able to obtain the agenda. The topics for discussion include:
– Standardization of fighter and promotional contracts.
– Establishing a national databases for medical records so that promoters will know which fighters are medically eligible.
– Collaboration on reducing general expenses such as insurances and medical policies.
– Increasing sponsorship and network packages.
– Discussing general business practices such as contractual rights, combating tortuous interferences and the abuse of bankruptcy court.
– General discussion of the economics of the industry.
– Discussing upcoming legislative issues that are currently proposed by both State and Federal governments.
– Discuss the impact of MMA and how to have “equality under the law” with MMA.
By Matt Richardson
On Sunday morning WBA mandatory junior welterweight challenger Dmitriy Salita informed Fightnews.com that he is ready, willing and eager to face new champion Amir Khan. Khan won a unanimous decision over Andreas Kotelnik on Saturday night to win the title. “Technically, Amir Khan fought a great fight,” said Salita (30-0-1, 16 KOs). “But I feel my shot is long overdue. I’ve been waiting. I’m the young gun and I’m going to crush Amir Khan and he’s going to have to pay for all the time I’ve waited.” (more…)
Experienced Panamanian trainer Rigoberto Garibaldi continues working on improving the defensive skills of Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion for his upcoming world super flyweight championship bout against “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr. “Rafa keeps being a raging bull,” Garibaldi said, “but he is now stronger, faster and with more upper body movement than he was when he won the interim championship last year in the Philippines, beating local fighter A.J. Banal. I studied Concepcion’s videos and he was taking too many punches before winning by knockout in recent fights.” Click here for more, plus more photos…
By Rick Scharmberg
Ryan Belasco (11-2-2, 3 KOs), of New Castle, Delaware will fight in his first main event on Friday, July 24, when he faces West Virginia’s Dean White (14-10-1, 7 KOs) in an eight round junior welterweight bout at the Rollins Center, inside Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware. At stake will be the WBF USA belt. Belasco is unbeaten in his last seven bouts. There will be seven additional bouts on the show, including an appearance by rising Delaware middleweight “Mighty” Mike Tiberi (9-1, 4 KOs), and a women’s bout featuring New Jersey’s Elizabeth Sherman (1-0, 1 KO) taking on Bernadette Hume, of Toronto. The promoter of “Delaware’s Young Guns” is Capital City Promotions. (more…)
By Jose Reyes
Fightnews caught up with young undefeated super bantamweight prospect WBO#9 and WBA#12 Wilfredo Vasquez Jr (16-0-1, 13 KOs), after his impressive 2nd round TKO victory over four time world title challenger Cecilio “Boga” Santos (23-11-3, 13 KOs) this past Friday night in Kissimmee, Florida. Vasquez Jr, who captured the WBO Latino super bantamweight championship with the win, is the son of former super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vasquez of Puerto Rico. The young boricua has shown great poise in his development towards a world title that emanates through great tradition and hereditary gene pull. Read on to learn what this up and coming prize fighter had to say… (more…)
By Michael Sheffield at ringside, Memphisboxing.com
After a four-month layoff, Prize Fight Boxing returned to Tunica Saturday night at the Fit, with an event that picked up right where it left off — with two broken noses, two brutal knockouts and a guest appearance by Jermain Taylor.
In the main event, a scheduled eight-rounder, lightweight Tyrese “Head Honcho” Hendrix (17-0-1, 7 KOs), KO’d Robbie “Pea Shooter” Cannon (12-3, 6 KOs) in the second round . . . Click here for full report
Sad to report that welterweight Marco “Texano” Nazareth, who was taken from the ring on a stretcher after being KO’d by Omar “Business Man” Chávez last night in Puerto Vallarta, is now fighting for his life in a local hospital. Nazareth underwent a three hour operation last night to treat a cerebral hemorrhage. Doctors say the condition of Nazareth is “critical but stable,” and they expect the local fighter to show improvement over the next 72 hours. Omar Chavez is the son of Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez and younger brother of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Undefeated super welterweight contender and The Son of The Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., has been forced off the card for the upcoming “Latin Fury 10″ due to a training camp injury. “Latin Fury 10” will proceed as scheduled headlined by the two world championship fights featuring undefeated #1 super featherweight contender Urbano Antillon (26-0, 19 KOs) and top ten contender Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (25-9-2, 19 KOs) battling for the vacant WBA interim lightweight title and WBA light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (20-1-1, 16 KOs) defending his title against Sonny Boy Jaro (30-7-5, 19 KOs).
Chavez Jr. (39-0-1, 29 KOs) suffered a rib injury last Wednesday during training camp in Big Bear. He has not been able to throw any punches effectively because of the pain and today his doctor ordered a halt of all training until it completely heals. Chavez’s return to the ring is expected to be in September or October. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#13 Takehiro Shimada (23-4-1, 16 KOs), a 37-year-old Japanese veteran, left for Namibia today (Sunday) to have an ambitious crack at the WBA lightweight belt against unbeaten newly crowned WBA champ Paulus Moses (24-0, 17 KOs) in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, on this coming Saturday. Shimada is accompanied by his manager/promoter Kenji Yonekura (two-time world challenger to Pascual Perez and Jose Becerra) and his trainer and three-time world champ Kuniaki Shibata (conqueror of Vicente Saldivar, Ben Villaflor and Rene Arredondo). They will arrive in Windhoek at 10:45 am tomorrow via Johannesburg. It will be the Namibian national hero Moses’ initial defense since he impressively dethroned Japan’s Yusuke Kobori by a unanimous verdict in Tokyo this January.
By Nick Giongco
Reports from Team Pacquiao say that Canadian advisor Mike Koncz is on his way to the US to relay a message to Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum that Manny Pacquiao has agreed to face Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico on Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight will be at 145 lbs.
Super flyweight Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) claimed the WBC interim title with a ninth round stoppage of Everardo “Zihua” Morales (32-14-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Rojas was in command all the way and the bout was halted at the end of the ninth by referee Jack Reiss.
Welterweight Omar “Business Man” Chávez (17-0, 13 KOs) left no doubt in a rematch with Marco Nazareth (4-4). The son of thelegendary Julio Cesar Chavez dropped local hero Nazareth in round one and got a stoppage win at 2:59 of round four. Chavez previously won a competitive unanimous decision over Nazareth.
Super flyweight Rodrigo Guerrero (12-1-1, 8 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over three-time world title challenger Luis “Titi” Maldonado (35-5-1, 26 KOs). Disappointing loss for Maldonado, who came in off two consecutive world title shots against Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel.
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded Ryol-li Lee (AKA Retsuri Lee; 13-1-1, 7 KOs), 125.25, a Japan-based Korean, scored a stunning upset victory as he kept moving well and effectively countered WBA#8 ex-world challenger Hiroyuki Enoki (28-2-2, 20 KOs), 126, winning a split but well-received decision (97-93, 97-94 and 95-97) over ten heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Having failed to win the WBA feather belt from Indonesian Chris John via hard-fought unanimous decision last October, Enoki engaged in his second comebacking bout after his third-round demolition of Indonesian national champ Aldi Diego this March. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Hard-punching perennial contender, OPBF#1 Katsuhiko Iezumi (26-7-3, 19 KOs), 108, seized the interim OPBF 108-pound belt by decking a dramatic TKO win over OPBF#2 Tsutomu Yamanaka (17-2, 6 KOs), 108, at 2:49 of the eighth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
In a clash of former Olympic silver medalists, Amir Khan (21-1, 15 KOs) won the WBA super lightweight championship by outboxing reigning titleholder Andreas Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Khan, who moved up from lightweight, was busier in round one. Kotelnik upped the pressure in round two as Khan boxed from long range. That was pattern of the fight as the counter-puncher Kotelnik was forced to take more of an aggressor’s role against the fleet-footed youngster’s long range sharp-shooting. Good two-way action at times, but Khan’s strategy to quickly move in and out paid dividends on the scorecards. Scores were 120-108, 118-111, 118-111.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (18-0, 13 KOs) may have ended the career of former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (29-4, 22 KOs), brutally stopping him in round three. Maccarinelli was never down, but was being punished severely by Ledebev when the bout was waved off. With the win, Ledebev claims the vacant WBO Intercontinental title. Macca, who has now lost three of four, had vowed to retire if Lebedev beat him. (more…)
By Lee Bates reporting from Colombia
Former WBA light flyweight interim champion Cesar Canchila (28-2, 22 KOs) of Monteria, Colombia got back in the win column with a fifth round TKO victory of Venezualan Carlos Luis Campos (14-4, 8 KOs). The bout was a bit of a homecoming for Canchila as it took place at the Coliseo Miguel ‘Happy’ Lora in Monteria, Colombia. Canchila was in control from the opening bell punishing Campos throughout the bout with solid combinations. The bout was stopped by the referee in round five on advice of the ringside physician. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Rising Welsh light heavyweight star Nathan Cleverly (17-0, 7 KOs) added the vacant British national belt to the already owned Commonwealth 175lb title with a devastating seventh-round TKO over Danny McIntosh (10-1, 4 KOs), dealing the first career loss to his opponent. Cleverly (WBC #12 and WBA/IBF/WBO #14), a terrific body puncher of his own right, started to work McIntosh’s body from the outset but was hitting too low and was warned twice in the opening round by the referee. In round two, the Welshman landed a monstrous left to the liver and added a right hook to put Norwich native for the first time. McIntosh stood up but almost immediately went down again after another huge right. McIntosh literally jumped back in Jackie Chan style. It was a miracle, how he survived till the end of the second round though. In the third, Cleverly stalked his foe again and down went McIntosh for third time. Moments later he was decked once more but now from the illegal push. However, he recovered well and lasted till the end of the third. Tired Cleverly was less active in round four but McIntosh was too beaten to deal any backfire to his future conqueror. The fifth and the sixth stanzas were in Nathan’s favor. The end came in round seven. Cleverly dropped his opponent again after the right and McIntosh fascinatingly stood up again. However, after another of Nate’s combination the fight was stopped in his favor. The fourth straight knockout win for the 22-year-old Welshman. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA #4 middleweight Avtandil Khurtsidze (19-1-2, 12 KOs) retained his WBA Intercontinental title for the third time with a convenient win over Belgian Jamel Bahki (19-3, 5 KOs), who lost inside the distance for the first time in the career. The fight was a headliner of the K2 East-promoted show in Odessa, Ukraine. The short and stocky Kiev-based Georgian (5’4”) started to press his opponent from the starting bell, going right to him, using a peek-a-boo style of defense. Longer but weaker Bahki was unable to stop him in his shoes and was often punished in the ropes. In round three, Khurtsidze increased his tempo and put his Belgian foe down with ten seconds remaining in the stanza. Bahki continued to fight back in rounds four and five but was on receiving end of the punches and got beat badly. The Belgian’s corner waved the fight off immediately after the fifth stanza.
Also, world rated Ukrainian light heavyweight stalwart Vyacheskav Uzelkov moved to 21-0, with 13 KOs, after an easy annihilation of hugely overmatched Romanian Istvan Varga (14-8, 5 KOs). (more…)
Breidis Prescott might’ve gained his limelight with a one-round destruction of Amir Khan, last year in England, but, last night at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, the undefeated Colombian “Khanqueror” lost it in ten to underdog Mexican Miguel Vasquez.
Taking the fight on two weeks notice, the Mexican who goes by the nickname of “Titere” (Puppet), proved anything but, weathering a first round knockdown and dozens of chopping right hands that would’ve killed a hundred rabbits, in his thrilling split decision victory over Prescott . . . Click here for more
By Bob Ryder
Fighting for the first time since signing with DiBella Entertainment, Isiah Thomas was impressive in scoring a solid fourth round TKO over Jeffrey Osborne Friday night at downtown Detroit’s Majestic Theatre. Light heavyweight Thomas had chalked up easy first round KOs in his first 3 fights against novice opposition, but was facing a stiffer task in experienced Osborne of Davenport, IA. Thomas scored knockdowns in the first, third and fourth rounds but each time the ultra game Osborne battled back despite being cut and battered. Isiah also had some anxious moments. After his elbow collided with the top of Osborne’s head in the first, Thomas spent the rest of the round and most of the second visibly rubbing and favoring his left forearm. “I had to fight my way through it,” Thomas told Fightnews. “As the fight went on, the pain went away and I’m fine now,” Thomas related in his dressing room. “I’m in great condition and going almost 4! rounds was no problem. I’m excited having Lou DiBella representing me and I’m looking forward to my next fight in Rochester, New York in August,” exclaimed the happy Detroiter. In the fourth, bleeding from cuts on his forehead and nose, Osborne was still hanging in when referee Ron Cunningham decided to wave it off at 1:51. Jeffrey was upset with the stoppage but in reality had no chance of winning and Cunningham likely saved him from further unnecessary punishment. Thomas is now (4-0, 4 KOs) while Osborne falls to (8-14-2). Continue for results and more photos…
By Edgar Gonzalez at ringside
Thompson Boxing Promotions brought boxing back to the Omega Products International in Corona, California on Friday night with a card titled “New Blood V” featuring unbeaten lightweight Daniel “El Travieso” Hernandez (7-0, 4 KO) who won a unanimous decision over veteran fighter Jovann Jones (9-6, 4KO) of San Diego, CA. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Barring a last-minute change in schedule, Manny Pacquiao will fly to Los Angeles on Sunday night in time for a meeting with Top Rank big boss Bob Arum on Monday in an effort to discuss–or even finalize–the planned Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao will also take the opportunity to be with his loved ones–wife Jinkee and kids–on the way back to Manila. Jinkee and the Pacquiao kids have been in the US the last two weeks. (more…)
Promoter Brian Young of Prize Fight Promotions returns to Fitzgerald Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi this Saturday, July 18th with the fan-favorite “Fights at The Fitz” series. The five bout fight card features the crowd pleasing Tyrese “Head Honcho” Hendrix (16-0, 6 KOs) against Robbie “Peashooter” Cannon (12-3, 6 KOs) in the eight-round lightweight main event. “I am pleased to showcase Tyrese again at The Fitz,” said Young. “Tyrese is the future of the lightweight division!”
Below are the official weights for the “Fights at The Fritz” participants:
Tyrese Hendrix 136 vs. Robbie Cannon 135 1/2
Nicole Woods 148 vs. Kita Watkins 149
Anthony Doughty 179 vs. Cody Kennedy 177
Xavier Burgos 140 1/2 vs. Jamar Saunders 139
Randy Johnson 221 vs. Larry Slayton 252
WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (32-2-1, 13 KOs) is set to defend his world title tonight against British hope Amir Khan (20-1, 15 KOs) in front of a huge crowd at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. “I am very well prepared and ready to go twelve rounds,” said Kotelnik this week. “For me this fight is an important step in the boxing world, especially in my weight class, to further position myself for other big fights — I’d like to fight in America. I won’t make a prediction on the outcome against the young Amir Khan. He’s a quick guy, but I have the means to hit him and to take the belt home with me again. The experience speaks for me. In addition, my faith makes me strong. God will accompany and protect me in this fight.“ (more…)
Promoter Bob Duffy of Ring Promotions returns to the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY this Saturday with a eight-bout fight card featuring heavyweight prospect Tor Hamer (6-0, 5 KOs) battling Marcus Dickerson (4-1-1, 2 KOs) in the main event. The card will be held outdoors but will be moved indoors if it rains. Barbecued food and cigars are available for purchase, and a live band will perform following the main event. “Great food, cigars, boxing and live music,” said Duffy. “It’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.” This will be Duffy’s fifth fight card at Plattduetsche. The doors open at 3pm and the first bout begins at 4pm. Tickets are $50 (ringside) or $30 and can be purchased at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant (516-354-3131).
Below are the official weights of the participants:
Tor Hamer 221 vs. Marcus Dickerson 211
Issouf Kinda 142 vs. Fernando Basora 141 1/2
Jarrell Miller 252 vs. Darius Whitson 204 1/2
Marcus Bianconi 163 vs. Juan Zapata 164
Brian Hart 166 vs. Fasika Bezabeh 166
Steve Ormond 134 vs. Israel Suarez 133
Chris Algieri 140 1/2 vs. Jose Guzman 138
Jasques Louis N/A vs. K.C. Cunningham 230
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Heavyweight contender and former world title challenger Lance “Mount” Whitaker (33-5-1, 27 KOs) returned with a win against Danny Batchelder (25-7-1, 12 KOs), taking a ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA. Batchelder started strong, however Whitaker dominated the middle rounds to take a 96-94 nod on all cards. Click for full details and more photos…
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