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Aside from some one-on-one, in-your-face jawing during a face-off for photographers, both Brandon “Bam Bam’’ Rios and Urbano Antillon were well-behaved and civil to each other during Wednesday’s final press conference for their highly anticipated world title fight this Saturday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Rios and Antillon had spent weeks jawing, and at one point the heated verbal exchanges nearly caused them to come to blows, but Wednesday at Wilshire Grand Los Angeles their focus solo was on Saturday when Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship against Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. For more details and photos click here…
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos by Bobby Qbix
The undefeated champion Tomoki Kameda and his challenger Pumar Dondee Singwancha met at a press conference this Wednesday at the New Otani hotel in Fukuoka, Japan. Kameda (19-0, 12 KOs) and Singwancha (8-1-3, 2 KOs) will meet for the WBC bantamweight World Youth Title which holds the Japanese Kameda, who has made his boxing career in Mexico. (more…)
Officials for the Lucian Bute – Jean Paul Mendy, July 9th IBF Super middleweight title bout in Bucharest Romania have been assigned.
The undefeated Mendy (29-0-1) gets a shot at the IBF title held by Bute (28-0) but perhaps with some concessions. For starters the match will be a homecoming for Bute held in his home court, Bucharest Romania. The referee will be Marlon Wright from Canada who has been the man in charge for seven of Bute’s 12 round title bouts. Most notably the October 24th 2008 bout when Bute had a good evening almost end in disaster. (more…)
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Bryant Pappas 161 1/4 vs. Allen Medina 157 1/4
Danny Valle 130 vs. Angel Torres 132
Stephon Owusu 145 vs. Angel Rios 147
Michael Ocasio 174 vs. Abdellah Smith 175
Juan Perez 146 vs. Andrew Jones 147
Venue: 2403 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and top-rated contender Urbano Antillon pose during the final press conference for their upcoming world Lightweight title fight on Saturday, July 9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
By Ricardo Conde
Photo: Espinoza Boxing Club
Award winning manager Frank Espinoza announced to Fightnews today that fast rising junior welterweight Antonio Orozco of San Diego, California has signed a promotional agreement with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Orozco, who’s compiled an undefeated record of 11-0 with 8 knockouts since turning professional three years ago in June of 2008 following a tremendous amateur career, signed the contract earlier this afternoon at the Golden Boy Promotions headquarters in Los Angeles, California. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Three time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-2, 27 KOs) who on Saturday night will fight undefeated Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) will headline HBO’s “Boxing after Dark” show from Atlantic City, but this Goossen Tutor and Golden Boy Promotions card promises at least a couple more July fireworks with undefeated and WBA #1 ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging Tokyo’s pride Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) for his WBA super bantamweight title, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs) defends his belt against Tomas Villa (23-7-4, 14 KOs) and Cris Arreola (32-2, 28 KOs), WBC #2, IBF #4 and WBO #8 heavyweight contender, will fight his fourth bout this year versus Nigeria’s Friday “The 13″ Ahunanya (24-7, 13 KOs). More photos…
By Paulina Brindis/WBC
Photos Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Today at a press conference in Mexico City, the official announcement was made for “Cuentas Pendientes,” the rematch of that great battle between Jackie” The Aztec Princess” Nava and Anna Maria “The Warrior” Torres last April 16 in Veracruz, Mexico, which culminated in a draw. This time these beautiful Mexican ladies will face each other on July 30th at the Metropolitan Arena of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico in a historic battle for the first WBC women’s diamond belt in the bantamweight division. more photos
From the mean streets of Grand Rapids to living in New York and now Hollywood, undefeated middleweight prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin is on the verge of boxing greatness, and is being talked about in boxing circles as being a fighter ready for a high-profile world title fight within a year. Coming off of an explosive third-round destruction of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley this past April for the USBO super middleweight title, Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) will return to compete in his natural middleweight division in an old fashioned throw-down with veteran “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KOs) in 10-round bout on the July 23 Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Mercito Gesta (21-0-1, 10 KO’s) of San Diego will now face Jorge Pimentel (22-11 1NC, 17 KO’s) in an eight round bout on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon fight on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Gesta was originally scheduled to face Francisco Lorenzo, but Top Rank Vice President of Boxing Operations Carl Moretti told Fightnews.com that Lorenzo had problems with obtaining a visa for this weekend. This will be the first time Gesta will fight under the Top Rank banner.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver is 100% focused on defeating Danny Green at the Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on July 20 but has not bothered to watch any film of “The Green Machine ” boxing. He will arrive two weeks prior to the fight in Sydney and is very confident he will be the next IBO cruiserweight champion. Tarver’s trainer Jimmy Williams also said that Green comes in with elbows and head and anything goes and that he is very primitive but throws a lot of punches with no defense. (more…)
Former British Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale will challenge for the European title in September against the champion Piotr Wilczewski from Poland. The Londoner is raring to get back into the ring following his contentious points loss to George Groves in May when he lost his British title. Wilczeski, who is ranked WBO #3 has lost only once in 30 fights and he captured the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles with a an eleventh round stoppage of Amin Asikainen in March this year.
“Challenging for the European title is a fantastic opportunity to get myself back in the big picture in my first fight back,” said DeGale. “I’ve been hard in training since my last fight and I’m ready to box tomorrow if I need to, come September I’ll be in great shape. The fight with Groves is in the past, I still believe I beat him, but I’m a positive person and now I’m focused on the future and a win will put me in a great position for a world title.”
Featherweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos (26-1, 19 KOs) will look to continue his winning ways on July 22nd, as he faces off against Mexican countryman Gilberto Sanchez Leon (29-10-2, 11 KOs) in the 10 round main event of the hottest card of the summer of 2011, Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “PATH to GLORY” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Also featured on this seven bout card will be rising Colombian star Darley Perez (2-0, 16 KOs), local favorites Abraham Lopez (14-0, 10 KOs) and Jonathan Arellano (8-0-1, 1 KO), and junior welterweight prospect Jhon Ortega (5-0-1, 5 KOs).
Inside and outside the ring, July will be a special month for WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck. The 26-year-old power puncher (32-1, 23 KOs) will make the seventh defence of his title against Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KO´s) in Munich on July 16 before getting married two weeks later. “The next weeks will be huge for me,” he said. “Of course I want to get married as world champion. That´s why I have to take care of business against Garay.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA/WBC two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares is already training with trainer Freddie Roach. Linares arrived from Narita, Japan to begin his boxing preparation on U.S. soil in the renowned Wild Card Gym. “I will do my best, I’ve started a new change in my career and my personal life. For now my goal is a title shot,” Linares said. No fight scheduled yet although some sources had said August or September.
Note: Linares’ handlers want to make it clear that Jorge has not left Japan permanently. He simply moved his training camp to Los Angeles as he had a great opportunity to train with Freddie and get to work with some of the best sparring partners. He is still officially fighting out of Japan, still promoted by Teiken Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and this is just a new change for the fight camp.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Mexican flyweight star Edgar Sosa (43-6, 26 KOs) is confident that his promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia and his manager Jacques Deschamps will join efforts to bring WBC flyweight champion, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (81-3-1, 44 KOs) to Mexico now that the free negotiation period has started to organize the fight between both fighters. In the event no agreement is reached, there will be a purse bid. Edgar Sosa said he would work hard in the gym, as his promoters do the same to bring Pongsaklek to Mexico. “I’ll do a better preparation than I did to fight Brian Viloria. I think that fight can be won, he is a dangerous fighter, but I will be smarter than him,” Sosa commented. In the case that Sosa would have to go to Thailand against Wonjongkam, people around him think he would have to win by way of knockout because it would be almost impossible to remove the title from Pongsaklek by decision in his homeland.
After unifying the titles, WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko takes a look back at the Haye story.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Although they were kept apart and at opposite sides of the building, the bad blood and war of words between unbeaten World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and two-time world title challenger Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., continued during a Media Workout Tuesday at Fortune Gym. For more details and photos click here…
There’s no shortage of intensity when it comes to Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon! The anticipation continues to build as the two fighters go head-to-head in a heated exchange. Don’t miss a minute of the action on Saturday, July 9th at 10pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
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