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Weights & photo by Chris Cozzone
At the scales from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s ESPN2-televised card:
Breidis Prescott 137 vs. Miguel Vazquez 136
Guillermo Rigondeaux 123 vs. Roberto Guillen 122
Erislandy Lara 155 vs. Darnell Boone 153
Sharif Bogere 137 vs. Mike Gonzalez 136
Yudel Johnson 155 vs. Justin Paulo 153
Yordanis Despaigne 180 vs. Johnny Marino 175
Scott Alexander 232 vs. Benjamin Lee 213
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Events, in association with Caribe Promotions, DeCubas Presents and Jaoli Fight Promotions.
By Lee Bates
WBC has granted an extension date of August 13th to the parties of WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (25-0,19 KOs) and former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (30-4,15 KOs). The purse bid was to have been scheduled for today, July 17th, at the WBC offices in Mexico City. Berto narrowly defeated Collazo by decision in their bout this past January. Each fighter has had one fight since then. Berto easily decisioned Juan Urango in May, while Collazo, to keep busy, stopped journeyman David Gogichaishvili in June.
Hank Lundy 141 vs Josh Beeman 141
Vladine Biosse 168 vs Frankie Reed 165
Eddie Soto 135 vs Darrell Martin 132
Diego Pereira 142 vs Ramon Ellis 139.5
Jay Holland 197 vs Billy Greenwalt 202
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (more…)
Two of the best left hook punchers in boxing, 8 time world boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and former 2 time super middleweight title holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs), will square off August 15th in the 12 round main event to determine whom the better “hooker” really is today, headlining the “Hook City” pay-per-view show live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi. Jones defends his NABO light heavyweight title against Lacy in “Hook City,” presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. “We are very excited to be promoting “Hook City” on August 15 in Biloxi to settle the question, once and for all, of who is the best professional hooker in the sport of boxing,” said John S. Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions. “While Jeff claims to have the best left hook, come the morning of the 16th, I think he may well be in the market for a new ring name.” (more…)
Sebastian Sylvester (31-3, 15 KOs) and Giovanni Lorenzo (27-1, 19 KOs) will clash for the vacant IBF Middleweight Title in Neubrandenburg on September 19. After ten successful defences, King Arthur Abraham had vacated the title to participate in SHOWTIME´s sensational Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament. “The IBF ordered a title fight between the top-ranked challenger, Giovanni Lorenzo, and the number two, Sebastian Sylvester,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “We picked up negotiations with Lorenzo´s management straight away and we are pleased to announce that the bout will be staged in Germany. The great crowd in Neubrandenburg will give Sebastian a further boost in this difficult fight.” (more…)
Amir Khan’s title fight with Andriy Kotelnik may be the weekend’s biggest fight, but, tomorrow night, the only man to defeat Khan, Breidis Prescott (21-0, 18 KOs), of Miami, Fla., will get a share of the billing on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” Khan’s conqueror – or “Khanqueror” – will take on Miguel Vazquez (24-3, 12 KOs), of Guadalajara, Mexico, in a ten-round lightweight bout from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
“I’m not going to make a prediction because I’ve learned in over 20 fights that you have to see how the fight comes to you,” said Prescott yesterday at a press conference. (more…)
Interview by Jose Santiago
Southpaw Tyrese “Head Honcho” Hendrix (16-0-1, 6 KOs) of Gainesville, GA battles tough Robbie Cannon (12-3-1, 6 KO) in the main event of “Fights at the Fitz” this Saturday at Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi.
Originally undefeated middleweight sensation Fernando Guerrero was scheduled to battle former world title challenger Antwun Echols but an injury suffered in training to Guerrero opened the ring ropes for “Head Honcho” to become the headliner . . . click here for more
Son of legend George Foreman, George “Monk” Foreman III (1-0, 1 KO) will be taking on George Barrage (0-5) in the main event of the July 31 show in Las Cruces, N.M. Billed as “War Zone,” the card, held at the NMSU Pan American Center and promoted by Powerhouse Combat Sports, will also feature Mexico’s Salvador Sanchez (12-3-2, 6 KOs), undefeated Austin Trout (18-0, 13 KOs), Aaron Lyons (9-5, 7 KOs), Sammy DiPace (6-0, 3 KOs) and pro debuting Jennifer Han. –Chris Cozzone
WEC lightweight contender Donald Cerrone (right) poses with WBO/WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik during an open workout at Jack Loew’s South Side Boxing Club in Youngstown, OH on July 9. Cerrone conducted a 60-minute workout for members of the media in preparation of his Sept. 2 interim title fight against Ben Henderson at the Covelli Centre. During the course of the training session, Cerrone chatted with Pavlik regarding the intricacies of the fight game. (more…)
By Robert Coster
On August 1st at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) will be stepping into the ring for the vacant IBF welterweight title against Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1, 10 KOs) of South Africa. It will be the second meeting between the two boxers as their first fight in South Africa ended in a controversial draw in November of 2008. Fightnews reached the Dominican born, Connecticut raised Rodriguez at his training camp to get his take on the title bout which he describes as his “door to stardom” and the hard, rocky road he has had to climb in his career to reach this level. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Being inactive for a long period of time, maybe be for a year or even longer, is always a problem for a professional pugilist. Despite skills, past honors and experience, overcoming ring rust is always an issue. Expatriate Soviet fighters have mastered this hard science well. Last year, coming back after four years of injuries and inactivity, Vitaly Klitschko schooled the robust WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter and gave him a boxing lesson, long to be remembered. Dmitry Kirillov captured the IBF super flyweight belt a year and a half after his previous fight. Less than a week ago Russian welterweight Ivan Kirpa, who has fought just twice in five years and was pretty much forgotten even in his homeland, got back with a bang, scoring a virtual shutout over much more active Mexican Miguel Rodriguez in the WBC semifinal welterweight eliminator. This Saturday another Russian fighter will attempt to continue this trend in the most important fight of his career, when WBO #7 cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (17-0, 12 KOs) collides with the former champion and currently IBF #9 Enzo Maccarinelli (29-3, 22 KOs) for the vacant WBO intercontinental 200lb title. (more…)
Big Star Promotions and KWHY-TV, Channel 22 will host a press conference this today to announce the launch of a new boxing series “Noche de Boxeo,” a monthly series on KWHY-TV. The inaugural card will be held on July 30th at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte and will be broadcast live on Channel 22. In the main event East L.A.’s Aron Martinez will put his (10-1-1, 3 KOs) record on the line against another local prospect, Santiago Perez (11-2-2, 2 KOs) in an 8 round welterweight contest. In the co-main event Jose Celaya (31-4, 16 KOs) will attempt to get back on the winning track after his loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. when he faces Tony Hirsch (8-2-1, 4 KOs) in a 6 round junior middleweight bout. A special attraction will feature former world champion “Mighty” Mike Anchondo (28-2, 19 KOs) moving up in weight to take on Octavio Narvaez in a six-round welterweight contest.
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By Lee Bates
The word perseverance may come to mind when you think of the career of newly crowned WBO super flyweight champion Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez’ career (39-7-2, 32 KOs). Lopez began his championship quest back in November of 1991 when he turned professional. Many fighters who are considered serious prospects generally go unbeaten at least within their first 10-15 fights. Lopez didn’t win his first professional fight until his 3rd bout. He had a draw in his debut and lost the rematch by decision in his next bout. Lopez was just (4-2-1) through his first 7 bouts. Many fighters would have stopped realistically thinking about world title aspirations at that point. Lopez, however, still believed himself as he would go on to win 15 of his next 16 bouts in route to his first world title fight. Little did he know at the time it would take him 4 more attempts after that fight to win the world title. After 4 failed world title attempts Lopez achieved his goal of becoming a world champion in his 5th opportunity on March 28th by unanimously decisioning Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan in his native Puerto Rico. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Sakio Bika is the current IBO super middleweight champion and gave super middleweight legend Joe Calzaghe, one of his toughest bouts and also was the winner of the 2007 Contender Series. Along with Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade, Bika is one of the most qualified super middleweights to miss out on SHOWTIME’s 168 pound tournament. Fightnews spoke to Bika about the state of the division. (more…)
Manuel Quezada 225.6 vs Travis Walker 239.6
Michael Dallas Jr. 140.8 vs Francisco Rios-Gil 142.6
Jessica Rakcozy 127.6 vs Jessica Mohs 134.4
Rico Ramos 122.4 vs Juan Jose Beltran 121.2
Hector Alatorre 140.8 vs Christian Favela 140
Adrian Tait 147.2 vs Joshua Zurfluh 146.6
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino Lemoore, California
Promoter: Goosen Tutor
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Citing a shoulder injury, Sacramento middleweight prospect Brandon Gonzales (8-0, 7 KOs) has pulled out of a scheduled hometown boxing main event at the Red Lion Hotel, forcing a delay of the card from July 24 to August 7 plus a shuffle of bouts. Working with promoter Nasser Niavaroni, hotel owner Jeff Berger said Sacramento journeyman cruiserweight Michael Simms (20-11-1, 13 KOs) will fight in a new main event, an eight-rounder against former IBF cruiser champ Kelvin Davis of Reno (24-10-2, 17 KOs). The six-round semi-main matches Sacramento super-middleweight Christian Cruz (12-9-1, 10 KOs) with San Diego’s James Parison (11-0, 3 KOs), the intended opponent for Gonzales, a former topflight amateur known to be shopping for bigger purses.
Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions in Los Angeles and Jean Bedard, decision maker for Les Promotions Sportscene Inc./ InterBox reached an 11th hour deal last night to co-promote the Lucian Bute vs.Librado Andrade mandatory IBF rematch in either Quebec City or Montreal on November 28th. IBF super middleweight champion Bute (24-0, 19 KOs) won a controversial decision over IBF number one Andrade (28-2-0, 21 KOs) last October.
David Telesco 175 vs William Gill 176
Ray Robinson 146 vs Harrison Cuello 145.5
Pasqual Rouse 128.5 vs Victor Valenzuela 126
Yahomas Riley 174 vs Andre Hemphill 175.5
Elion Kedem 121.5 vs Robert DaLuz 120.5
Ahmad Mickens 176.5 vs Phil Hannah 174
Venue: Hilton Rye Town Hotel, Rye Brook, New York
Promoter: Star Boxing
Undefeated top rated lightweight Urbano Antillon worked out for media and fans on Wednesday at the Maywood Boxing Club. Antillon is training for his WBA interim lightweight title challenge against Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta. They will be sharing the bill with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Top Rank’s big “Latin Fury 10″ Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. (more…)
Former world champions Roy Jones Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) appeared at a press conference to announce their August 15 PPV clash to be held at the Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS. Jones came dressed as Captain Hook to drive home his claim that he has a better left hook than Lacy, regardless of Lacy’s nickname. (more…)
By Robert Perea at ringside
Almost as soon as the verdict was announced, many at ringside began speculating on whether Jesse Brinkley’s performance in a 10-round unanimous decision over Mike Paschall was enough to earn him the big money bout he’s been seeking. Brinkley himself had far more pressing issues on his mind. “I want to go catch an 8-pound bass out of a bass pond,” he said. Brinkley (34-5-0, 22 KOs), of Yerington, NV overcame conditioning issues, a cut between his eyes from an accidental head butt and a game effort by Paschall, of Baltimore, MD for his eighth consecutive win before a crowd of 2,226 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV. Judges Burt Clements and Herb Santos each scored the bout 97-93, while C.J. Ross had it 96-94. Fightnews.com had it 97-93 for Brinkley. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (19-1, 10 KOs) of Providence, RI successfully defended his NABF cruiserweight title with an one-sided, ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Shawn “Sioux Warrior” Hawk (18-1, 16 KOs) of Sioux Falls, SD this past Friday at The Arena in Philadelphia, PA. In the co-feature, Chris “Hard Hittin’” Henry (24-2, 19 KOs) of Houston, TX survived an early shelling before going on to stop Shaun George (18-3-2, 19 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY in the sixth round of a scheduled ten round light heavyweight bout. The card was promoted by Shalyte Entertainment in association with CES Boxing, and was televised live on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights series. (More)
On July 16th, two of Joe DeGuardia’s brightest stars, “The New” Ray Robinson (10-0, 4 KOs) and Yathomas Riley (5-0, 3 KOs) will look to stay unbeaten as they battle it out against two tough veterans on the Star Boxing promoted show at the beautiful Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY. (more…)
The saying goes that “the numbers don’t lie.” If that’s the case, the World Extreme Cagefighting® card on Aug. 9 at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV should be one of the most entertaining of the year. Headlined by a title bout and filled with vicious strikers, menacing grapplers, and exciting clashes, WEC: Torres vs. Bowles will undoubtedly prove why the WEC is home to the best light weight fighters in the world. (more…)
As the old adage proclaims, everything is bigger and better in Texas. On Saturday, September 19th, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) will prove it as the organization brings one of the most talent-rich events of the year to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas for UFC 103. Featuring four pivotal bouts with world title implications as well as a main event still to be announced, the star power on the UFC card, which includes Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann, Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller, Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg and Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca, will more than light up the Texas night . . . Click here for more
WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (31-2-1, 13 KOs) and challenger Amir Khan (20-1, 15 KOs) met head-to-head today to discuss their world title showdown on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. “Body shots,” said Khan. “Kotelnik is a fighter who keeps his guard very high so I think the body shots are going to work as well as the angles, I’ve got to hit and move. In and out movement is also going to work, but he’s a counter fighter so I have to be one step ahead of him every time. The key to victory is being patient and using my brains, being careful in the fight and just not making the mistakes we made in the last few fights.” Kotelnik stated, “If I win this fight it will open the road to further fights, especially in America. Every fight is very important to me and for every fight I train really hard. Nobody can make any predictions, it all depends on what opportunities my opponent gives me to do what I want to do.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has announced that the next “KO to Drugs Boxing Festival” will take place on September 5 at the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City, Panama. The main event will be a WBA interim flyweight title fight between Luis “El Nica” Concepcion and Omar Salado. The co-feature will be a clash between former WBO champion Daniel Ponce De Leon against Roineth Caballero in a WBA featherweight eliminator. It was also announced that Oscar de la Hoya with fight a charity exhibition match against WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The card will include nine fights and tickets start at $10.
WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik is in Manchester, England to defend his world title against the British challenger Amir Khan on Saturday at the M.E.N. Arena. When the Universum star and his trainer Michael Timm arrived, one of the first stops for the big soccer fan and admitted Manchester United supporter was a visit to the Old Trafford stadium. (more…)
All six superstars, their promoters, and SHOWTIME Sports Senior VP & GM Ken Hershman, were present in Berlin today as the Super Six World boxing classic PR tour hit Germany. After an official press conference in the grand ballroom of the renowned Hotel Adlon, the six fighters posed in front of the Brandenburg Gate in the Berlin sun. It certainly was an event to remember, with six top athletes and their famous promoters sharing the same podium. Undefeated Olympic gold medal winner Andre Ward came face-to-face with his rivals for the first time after missing the previous presentations due to the flu. “It is great to be here,” he said. “I really wanted to make the effort and come here after I could not attend the events in New York and Copenhagen. I am thrilled to participate and I am very confident I will win.” (more…)
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