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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World championship referee Jack Reiss has worked in more than 2000 professional boxing matches and 42 world title bouts including Julio Chavez Jr vs Sebastian Zbik, Danny Green vs Manny Siaca and Mikkel Kessler vs Andre Ward. Reiss talks to Fightnews and tells us about growing up in New York and how he moved the Los Angeles at 23 years of age and becoming a referee in 1998. (more…)
Here’s what we used to hear at ringside: “Diego Magdaleno’s fighting tonight? Krist, can you spell ‘distance?’ It’s ‘D-I-E-G-O.’”
Here’s what we hear now: “Diego’s fighting? Nice. Shoot quick.”
Before last year, no one expected to go home early on a card carrying the Las Vegas fancy dancer, who had just three kayos on a strong of 15 wins. But after four straight wins, cut short at the halfway mark, or less, the kid with the biggest local fan base in Sin City has earned himself a new nickname: “I’m a K.O.” . . . Click here for more
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Delvin Rodriguez (25-5, 14KOs) faces the biggest challenge of his career to date when he battles once defeated Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KOs) on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
Rodriguez, fighting out of Danbury, CT, is moving up from welterweight to junior middleweight for a fight he calls his “opportunity to shine” . . . Click here for more
Tyson Fury says once he knocks out British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora on July 23 at Wembley Arena he wants to do the same to David Haye before a showdown with World champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury was left bewildered by how David Haye flopped on the big stage against Klitschko in their World heavyweight title fight in Hamburg. “I’m the future of heavyweight boxing in Britain and the world,” says Fury. “When you looked at how Haye boxed against Klitschko, it’s not how a true heavyweight with a true heart should fight but the British fans shouldn’t worry because I’m the coming force and I’ll show that when I knock out Chisora. Then I want to knock out David Haye to prove to Wladimir that I’m the real deal.” (more…)
In a move announced Wednesday, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (“NJSACB”) placed all three judges who scored the Williams-Lara fight on an indefinite suspension. Click here to see the official paperwork
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez held a public workout today in Cancun where he will fight this Saturday night. In front of a big and enthusiastic crowd Marquez worked for about an hour and then took pictures with the fans and signed autographs.
“It has been 17 years since I fought in Mexico and I am looking forward to this fight Saturday night here in Cancun,” said Marquez. (more…)
Photo and report by Boxing Bob Newman
New York State’s capital district will be rocking this Friday, July 15th, as ARES Promotions presents “Fight Night V” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Albany, NY. Headlining the bill will be Schenectady’s Markus Williams, by way of Guyana, going in against Tilton, New Hampshire’s Jose Medina, by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Williams, 7-1, 1 KO, was looking to rematch former victim Troy Artis, but Artis fell out. Medina, 13-9, 6 KOs, has stepped in and is coming of the biggest win of his up-and-down career, a stunning upset over then 17-1 Isaac Rodrigues, via KO4 this past January. Co-headlining will be local boy Stephen Scott, 7-2, 1 KO, taking on Brooklyn’s Joe Crosby 6-1, 1 KO, for the vacant New York State junior middleweight title. Rounding out the card will be come backing Sarah Kuhn taking on Michelle Garland in a ladies welterweight 4 rounder, debuting Javy Martinez vs Calvin Pritchard (140 lbs.), Jamell Tyson vs. Corey White (135 lbs.), undefeated Brian Clookey 3-0, 2 KOs vs. Steve Tyner (175 lbs.), and Derrick Evans vs Zachary Swaller in a 168 lb. Clash. Tickets for this star-studded event begin at $40. VIP is also available. Doors open at 6p.m. First bout begins at 7 p.m.
Story and photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
“I will defeat Zulina to win the vacant WBC silver bantamweight world title” said Kandy “La Rubia” Sandoval, in what will be the main event of the boxing match called “Los Reyes de Neza” to be held by the Mexican promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia in the “San Juan” Arena of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl Mexico this Saturday July 16. Sandoval, who last January went to Tapachula, Chiapas, to defeat Patricia Jimenez by unanimous decision, knows that the fight against Zulina “La Loba” Muñoz will not be easy, but not every day you have the opportunity to go for a world crown, she said. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez celebrated his 49th birthday on Tuesday night at a big party in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Among those on hand were his mother Doña Isabel and his children Julio Cesar Jr., Omar, Chris and Nicole, as well as other relatives. Other notables included the Sinaloa Governor Mario López Valdez, WBC President Jose Sulaiman, Zanfer President Fernando Beltran, and four division champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce. More photos
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO featherweight world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido will make his world title defense against Kenichi Yamagushi in his hometown of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico on Saturday July 23, after his original opponent Mike Oliver pulled out with an injury. The Salido-Yamagushi bout will be telecast by Fox Deportes on “Top Rank Live” and former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez is expected at ringside, the winner will meet Lopez later this year. In the co-main event local favorite Alex Valdez will take on the always tough Enrique Bernache in a 10 round featherweight bout. “Things like this happen in boxing all the time and I will be ready to take on Yamagushi on my first world title defense,” said Salido, today in Ciudad Obregon.
A bone chip in the middle finger of his right hand has forced junior middleweight Allen Conyers out of his scheduled 10-round main event with Gabriel Rosado on Friday evening, July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic City. Stepping in to replace Conyers is Ayi Bruce, winner of five in a row and perhaps a tougher test for Rosado. Fighting at Bally’s will be no problem for Bruce, 25, who upset southpaw Shamone Alvarez last Dec. 4 in the same ring in the loser’s backyard. A pro since 2006, Bruce is 13-3, 7 K0s, and is 5-2 since coming to the United States from Accra, Ghana, in 2010. Once Bruce got acclimated after losses to a pair of unbeaten prospects, lefty Emmanuel Taylor and Ray Serrano (by majority decision), he has never looked back. Conyers sustained his knuckle injury over the weekend and notified Peltz Boxing on Tuesday evening he would be unable to fulfill his contract to fight Rosado.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz (10-0) hits the speed bag at Barry’s Boxing Center in preparation for his upcoming feature fight, Friday, July 15 on the 10th Anniversary show of SHOBOX: The New Generation at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. Click here for more photos…
On July 22, at the Morongo Casino Resort in Cazabon, California, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Gary Shaw Productions will present Fight Night at Morongo Casino Resort, featuring WBC #4-rated contender Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (22-0, 19 KOs) taking on Kevin “Hitman” Engel (18-4, 15 KOs) in the 10-round super middleweight main event. The 26-year-old Dirrell is the brother of Olympic bronze medallist Andre. The televised co-feature will pit once-beaten Lanard Lane (12-1, 7 KOs) against undefeated knockout artist Joseph Elegele (12-0, 10 KOs) in a welterweight 10-rounder.
Boxing judges Al Bennett, Donald Givens and Hilton Whitaker II have been suspended by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board after their controversial scoring in the Paul Williams-Erislandy Lara fight last Saturday in Atlantic City. The judges are suspended indefinitely and must undergo further training before being allowed to score another boxing match.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Five undefeated local boxers will headline a United Boxers card on Saturday, July 16 at the DC Star Nightclub in Washington, DC.
Undefeated Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson will be in the six-round main event against “Neon” Keon Johnson of Indianapolis, IN. Alexander Johnson (11-0, four KO’s) is coming off his biggest career win to date — a 10-round majority decision over previously undefeated Farah Ennis on April 2 in Atlantic City, NJ. Keon Johnson (8-5, four KO’s) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak where he has been knocked out in all three bouts. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
A conference call was held today to discuss WBA/IBF super lightweight world championship unification fight between champions Zab Judah and Amir Khan, set for Saturday, July 23, 2011 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. which will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. Judah promised Khan a new-and-improved Judah. Khan said that his opponent had taken the wrong fight:
Zab Judah: “A lot of things have changed over the years. I’m pretty pleased to see that Amir and Freddie to watch my old tapes to learn about the old Zab Judah. The new Judah is a monster who is 150% prepared for Khan. We’re prepared for July 23rd. We’re definitely going to take him to school. After Saturday night he’ll realize that Golden Boy and Freddie Roach set him up as a pawn. He’s a great fighter just a bit premature. Years down the line he’ll have the opportunity to tell other fighters what he learned on July 23rd. I have a different mentality now. I’m more focused on my career now and my family and the morals of life. I’m at a great place in life right now and I’m fully prepared for the situation.”
Amir Khan: “I’m ready for this fight. We come into this fight as favorites and I’m going to take those titles back home. He can say what he wants but I’m more than prepared for the 23rd. He won’t be able to take the pressure, the speed and the power. I think he’s taken the wrong fight. He can say what he wants but deep down he knows he took the wrong fight. We’ve got a plan ‘A’ and a plan ‘B.’ But to be honest with you we don’t see him getting past plan ‘A.'”
Freddie Roach: “Amir has Had some great southpaw sparring in this camp. I think he’s going to shine on Saturday the 23rd. Zab has bitten off more than he can chew for this one.”
Gary Shaw Productions has announced the signing of 35-year-old heavyweight Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence (15-2-2, 10 KOs), who according to a GSP press release “is undoubtedly the hottest heavyweight prospect in boxing.”
DiBella Entertainment has added middleweight contender Brian Vera (19-5, 12 KOs) to its stable of fighters. Vera, 29, is a straightforward brawler who has beaten both Andy Lee and Sergio Mora.
On Friday, Antonio Tarver will host a open public workout in advance of his IBO Cruiserweight Title against Danny Green at the City of Sydney PCYC Boxing Gym. Tarver will also be available for photos and autograph signing.
Fightnews.com send condolences to the Klitschko Brothers who are mourning the passing of their father Wladimir Klitschko Rodionovich, who passed away yesterday in Kiev at the age of 64 after a long bout with cancer. The senior Klitschko had been one of the commanders in charge of the cleanup after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He was able to see his son Wladimir Klitschko bring the final piece of the undisputed heavyweight title into the Klitschko family from a hospital bed in Hamburg. Both brothers were at his side until the last.
Photo: Team Sauerland
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) and hot-blooded challenger Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) needed to be restrained today following a heated press conference in Munich. After showing up late, Garay constantly mocked his opponent and even taunted the local journalists. Asked about his strange behavior, Garay stated he “had the….to be self-confident” and had come to Germany “to win the title.” Huck ignored most of the insults hurled at him. “Right now, Garay is laughing, but on Saturday night, he will be crying,” the 26-year-old stated. “His behavior is ridiculous. He cannot come here, insult the press and my team and expect to get away with it. I will make him pay in the ring. He will be crying for mercy once we collide on Saturday.”
When the two fighters posed for the face-to-face pictures, Garay tried to kiss Huck, which caused a brawl. Both needed to be restrained, with Garay shouting and making angry cut-throat gestures.
Hall of Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland was amazed by the Argentinian’s antics. “During the many years in boxing I have seen a lot of strange behavior from challengers,” he stated. “It is a clear sign that Garay is really scared. But then again, he has every reason to be afraid of Marco Huck. With his explosiveness and power, Marco will make another spectacular defence on Saturday night.”
Former world title challenger Antonio “Toño” Diaz (46-6-1, 29 KOs) will be going back to his roots when he faces fellow veteran Ernesto Zepeda (39-14-4, 34 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout on August 12 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The bout will be Diaz’ 17th fight at the venue and his first since 2001. To date he is 16-0 at Fantasy Springs. Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45 are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
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