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WBA/WBO No. 3 ranked contender Antonio Escalante (20-2, 13 KOs), of El Paso, Tex., will headline a July 24 card at the Don Haskins Center at UTEP in his hometown. The card, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, will be the first boxing card in over a year for the border town – and first significant fight in El Paso in nearly two years. Escalante will most likely face Tomas Villa (20-6-4, 13 KOs), of Midland, Texas, who last fought a brutal war with Rogers Mtagwa in 2008 – a fight many considered ‘Fight of the Year.’ If Escalante can get by Villa, he will be looking at a title shot by the end of the year. — Chris Cozzone
By Bob Ryder
A car accident involving co main event contestant Purnell Gates has led to the postponement of this Friday’s scheduled card at the Woodland Sports Plex in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Promoter Earl Thompson informed Fightnews.com that Gates’ injuries are not life threatening but are serious enough to prevent him from competing on Friday. Promoter Thompson stated that he will be announcing a new date for the show shortly.
By Karl Freitag
Hopes to find a new opponent for Rocky Juarez have failed. The name of WBO #15 featherweight Mario Santiago had been mentioned as a stand in for WBA champion Chris John, who had to pull out due to illness. “It looks like it’s going to be a Victor Ortiz-Marcos Maidana showcase [on HBO] and it looks like we’re going to go with one fight,” said Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer today. “…Rocky won’t fight at all. There was an opponent which Rocky turned down and it’s not so easy to find somebody at the last minute who is acceptable to all parties involved, the network and the fighters. The managers for Rocky were actually on board but it was really Rocky who turned it down.” Updating us on the Chris John situation, Schaefer said, “it’s too bad [because] Chris John really wanted the fight and he had contracted some sort of blood illness. He tried to work through it, but last Saturday he was sparring and at the end of the third round he collapsed and it was obviously apparent that he couldn’t fight and unfortunately he had to withdraw. So are we disappointed? Yes we are, but at the same time the safety of the fighter comes first.”
Ortiz and Maidana both sounded confident today. “I’m going to test his punch and see if he’s really as strong as they say he is,” said Maidana (25-1, 24 KOs), who is coming off a close split decision loss against WBA champion Andreas Kotelik in a world title bid, a result Maidana stated was a hometown decision. Ortiz (25-1, 24 KOs) commented, “I’ve had twenty six fights and in my eyes they’ve all been world championship fights.”
King Arthur Abraham, Mahir Oral, Sebastian Sylvester, Frank Shabani and Alexander Frenkel all participated in a public workout in Berlin´s Axel-Springer Passage today. On Saturday, they will display their talents in the Max-Schmeling-Halle. “I am in great shape,” King Arthur told reporters. “I really look forward to fighting in Berlin. It will be a tough night for Mahir Oral.” (more…)
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He is in the best shape of his life! With only four days to go until his world championship clash with IBF titlist Arthur Abraham at Berlin’s Max-Schmeling-Halle, challenger Mahir Oral is confident of dethroning the “King”. At the public workout at Axel-Springer-Passage in Berlin the “Lion” showed a little bit of what he will have to offer this Saturday. “I couldn’t be better prepared”, states Mahir. “No matter how the fight will end there are no excuses at all. I am ready for twelve tough rounds and I am sure that if the fight goes the distance, the winner can only be Mahir Oral. I will take Arthur’s belt to Hamburg with me. I heard he wants to move up to super middleweight after this fight so he doesn’t need the title anymore anyways. When I heard that Arthur had already decided that this will be his last fight at 160 lbs I asked myself: ‘Doesn’t this guy want a rematch?’ Other than Arthur I have no problems with the weight at all. I am almost in the limit already.” (more…)
World Boxing Council No.1 ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” will fight for the vacant WBC super lightweight championship against the former holder of that belt, Junior “The Hitter” Witter, in a tremendous co-feature on Saturday, Aug 1 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino/Resort/Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In an interesting twist, Witter lost this title on May 10, 2008, to undefeated Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs), who will defend his World Boxing Organization 140 pound crown against former unified lightweight world champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) in the main event on this card. In a world title unification, Bradley defeated Kendall Holt on April 4 to capture the WBO belt. Less than a month later, Bradley chose to voluntarily relinquish the WBC strap that Alexander and Witter will be vying for. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao deserves the juicier and bigger slice of the pie in his proposed No. 14 showdown with Miguel Cotto, trainer Freddie Roach told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin early Monday evening (Tuesday morning in Manila). “70-30,” said Roach when told about Pacquiao lawyer Franklin Gacal’s insistence that the Filipino deserves not less than 65-35 in the revenue split with Cotto. Roach noted that Cotto doesn’t have a strong pay-per-view history unlike Pacquiao, who is a certified box-office hit. Cotto posted 450,000 buys when he faced Antonio Margarito of Mexico in July last year, while Pacquiao has generated record-breaking numbers in his last two outings—1.25 million buys against Oscar De La Hoya and close to a million versus Ricky Hatton. Pacquiao got a guarantee of over $12 million against Hatton and the 48-year-old corner man believes there’s no other way but up as far as the purse is concerned. “We’re not supposed to be going backwards.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF#12/JBC#4 Hiromasa Ohashi (20-8-3, 13 KOs), 121.75, amazingly wrested the OPBF 122 pound throne as he withstood opening attacks of WBC#5/WBA#14 defending titlist Rolly Matsushita Lunas (26-8-1, 14 KOs), 121.5, a Japanbased Filipino puncher. Ohashi decked him for the count with persistent body shots at 1:50 of the seventh round on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan. Having failed to win the WBA bantam belt in Panama last year, Rolly showed his superiority in battering the less skillful challenger and piled up good points (59-55, 59-56 and 58-56) before the fatal seventh commenced. Ohashi’s non-stop body bombardments caught the champ, who knelt down and paid no efforts to raise himself up. Promoter: Heiwa Promotions.
Ex-world challenger Akira Yaegashi (11-2, 7 KOs), 104.75, acquired the vacant Japanese national 105 pound belt as he connected with solid straight rights with precision and pounded out a close but unanimous decision (96-95, 97-95 and 97-94) over JBC top contender Kenichi Horikawa (17-7-1, 4 KOs), 105, over ten on Sunday afternoon in Osaka, Japan. Myungho Lee (7-1, 3 KOs), 112, dispatched OPBF#9 Thaminkhao Sor Tharnthip (9-5, 4 KOs), 109.75, by dropping him three times at 0:59 of the second round in a scheduled ten. Promoter: Osaka Teiken Promotions.
Unbeaten Japanese #6 lightweight Tsukasa Takase (9-0, 6 KOs), 135, impressively decked a come from behind KO victory over Thai national champ Laimangkorn Chuwatana (5-1, 2 KOs), 134, at 2:45 of the fifth session in a scheduled ten on Sunday night in Osaka, Japan. Ex-world challenger and JBC#1 bantam Nobuto Ikehara (29-3, 19 KOs), 122, earned a unanimous technical decision (78-74, 77-75 and 78-76) over Kenji Niwa (9-12-3, 2 KOs), 121.75, at 1:50 of the eighth session in a scheduled ten. Ikehara previously had an unsuccessful shot at then WBA ruler Wladimir Sidorenko here. Promoter: Osaka Teiken Promotions.
Japanese super welter champ Yuki Nonaka (19-7-2, 7 KOs), 154, captured the OPBF 154 pound belt as he dropped compatriot defending champ Kazuhiko Hidaka (28-6, 20 KOs), 151.25, with a left cross and was awarded a unanimous technical decision (77-74 twice and 77-75) at 1:36 of the eighth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. In their rematch of southpaws, Nonaka avenged his previous defeat on points despite flooring Hidaka also in the second session in October 2007. Hidaka, a muscular lefty, sustained a nasty laceration over the right optic, which kept streaming blood profusely as the contest progressed. Promoter: Shin Nihon Kimura Promotions.
As previously announced by Fightnews, cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey will headlining the July 10 ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, against unbeaten Shawn “The Sioux Warrior” Hawk. In a battle of full blooded Native Americans, Godfrey (18-1, 10 KOs), rated #6 by the WBC and #7 by the IBF, is a Wampanoag who will be fighting in a ten-rounder against a Sioux, Hawk (18-0-1, 16 KOs). The 28-year-old Godfrey has had his three most impressive performances fighting on ESPN Friday Night Fights, knocking out Emmanuel Nwodo, Felix Cora, Jr. and Shaun George. (more…)
Puerto Rican super bantamweight Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (15-2, 9 KOs) brings his slugging style to the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach, Fl on Friday Night. He will be taking on tough southpaw Felix Flores (14-9, 11 KOs). Oquendo, who was once with Golden Boy Promotions, is working his way back after he suffered a disappointing TKO to current WBO champion Juan Manuel Lopez 25-0, 23KO’s back in February of 2008. In his last fight (October 2008), he defeated Jose Angel Beranza (30-13-2, 25 KOs) by unanimous decision. He will be making his first appearance in South Florida.
DiBella Entertainment has announced the signing of super featherweight Argenis Mendez (13-1-0, 8 KO’s) to their roster of athletes. “The kid has a bright future,” said DiBella. “He is a truly talented athlete and knows how to conduct himself in the ring. I look forward to working with him.” Mendez comes from a spectacular amateur background that shows in his refined ring style. He is a 2004 Olympian from the Dominican Republic and won a silver Medal at the 2004 Junior World Championships. Mendez compiled an outstanding record of 238-12 as an amateur.
Interview by Mariano A. Agmi
On Saturday, June 27, power-punching Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (25-1, 24 KOs) makes his US debut against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (24-1, 19 KOs), in a potentially explosive matchup for the interim WBA jr. welterweight title. The card will be televised live on HBO from the Staples Center in Los Angeles . . . Click here for full story
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Unified super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan talks to Fightnews about his upcoming IBF bantamweight title challenge against Joseph Agbeko. The bout will take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, July 11 and be seen on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko is a good champion scoring 22 KOs in 27 fights. Does his power at 118 pounds worry you? Will you be the better puncher?
Joseph Agbeko is a good champion. He is strong and can fight, but I am not worried about his power because I have a plan to use it against him, and when he feels what I will throw back at him, he will be looking to run and survive. I plan to punish him, break him down, and knock him out. I will be definitely be the better, bigger and harder puncher. (more…)
By Robert Coster
On Saturday night in Santa Fe, Argentina, Gabriel Campillo became the 11th Spaniard to win a world title by outpointing the heavily-favored WBA light heavyweight champion Hugo Garay. On paper, the little known Madrid-born Campillo despite good boxing skills did not look like a high risk opponent being a 31-year-old with a 15-2, 6 KO record and having never fought outside of Europe. But maybe Team Garay should have tought twice before accepting Campillo as an opponent, as Campillo is managed by Tundra vs Barcelo Promotions, the Spanish boxing powerhouse that has a long tradition of handling boxers who beat reigning champions on their own turf. The record books testify to Tundra’s improbable – and impressive – history of upsets. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez of Puerto Rico (25-0, 23 KOs) defends his world title against Olivier Lontchi of Canada (18-0-2, 8 KOs) this Saturday, June 27th at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Top Rank & PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) are promoting Lopez who will be headlining his first pay-per-view. Lopez spoke on his quick return to the ring after his exciting fight with Gerry Penalosa nearly 2 months ago on April 25th, what he knows about Lontchi, and being in his first PPV main event. (more…)
Jr welterweight contender “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis is pumped and ready for his June 25 return at North Bergen, NJ’s Schuetzen Park. Arnaoutis (21-3-2, 10 KOs), will be fighting in Pound 4 Pound Promotions’ “Summer Rumble” 10-round main event this Thursday night against Puerto Rican knockout artist Doel Carrasquillo (12-11-1, 10s KOs). Arnaoutis is coming off a loss to Victor Ortiz on HBO this past March. For this fight Arnaoutis has rejoined trainer Bill Johnson in Atlantic City.
Professional boxing returns to the Pechanga Grand Ballroom on Friday, July 31, with an exciting all action card hosted by the legendary five division world champion Sugar Ray Leonard and broadcast live nationally on SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox: The New Generation.” Doors Open at 6 P.M., with the card beginning at 7 P.M. The televised portion of the event will begin at 8 P.M. The main event will pit Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero against Tyrone “Fists of Fury” Harris in a 10 round super featherweight rumble. The SHOWTIME broadcast will open up with an eight round bantamweight battle between undefeated Southern Californian Chris Avalos against Andre Wilson. (more…)
Unbeaten welterweight Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, and veteran Larry Mosley, of Los Angeles, CA, hope the third time is a charm when they square off Saturday evening, Aug 8, at Bally’s Atlantic City. At stake in the scheduled 10 round contest will be Jones’ world ranking and his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title. Jones, 26, is one of boxing’s hottest prospects. His 17-0 record includes 15 knockouts and he won the vacant NABA title Aug 29, 2008, when he KOd Juliano Ramos, a Brazilian living in Boca Raton, FL, in six rounds at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia. (more…)
Kingsley Ikeke came back to Tacoma, Washington to fight local hero Emmett Linton in the 10 round main event of the sold out Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat 72. It was Linton’s first fight in nearly three years. Linton took command of the fight in the early rounds with steady jabs and pressure. At the end of the 2nd round Linton sustained a cut over the right eye. This continued to be a problem for the rest of the fight as Linton had trouble seeing from that point forward. (more…)
Bantamweight Juan Luis “Black Pearl” Hernandez earned his fourth win of the year as he clearly won a ten round unanimous decision over Hugo Jimenez on Saturday night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium in a fight card presented by Jose “Olivaritos” Morales, father and trainer of former world champions Erik and Diego Morales, and Tijuana’s Municipal Institute for Sports. Hernandez (14-2-1 8 KOs) earned the decision with sound boxing with scores of 97-91, 98-90 and 99-89 which reflected the action within the ring. Displaying much quicker hands than usual, Hernandez almost knocked out his opponent in the fourth and fifth rounds but was not able to finish his rival off because of injuries to both of his fists. In the seventh, Hernandez was able to score a knock down with a left hook to the jaw of Jimenez (0-1) but the tough Mexican native was able to continue until the final bell. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
First class professional boxing returns to downtown San Diego, CA, when Rogue Boxing Promotions presents “Havoc at the Hard Rock II: No Mercy” at the Woodstock Terrace of the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel on Friday, July 10th. The open air terrace proved to be the perfect southern California venue as more than 900 boxing fans enjoyed the inaugural fight card showcased by Rogue Boxing Promotions last month. In the featured bout of the evening, unbeaten Filipino lightweight prospect Mercito Gesta (15-0-1, 6 KOs) returns to face the rugged Damian Fuller (30-6-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout. (more…)
WBO#9, WBA#15 heavyweight contender Brian “The Beast” Minto (33-2 21 KOs) will now officially meet undefeated WBC#15 contender Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes (31-0-2, 27 KOs) for the interim WBO NABO heavyweight title on Friday, August 14th at Pullman Park in Butler, Pennsylvania. Initially, Bruce Seldon (40-7) was to face Minto, but the WBO NABO championship committee declined to approve that bout. A winner of six straight and 15 of his last 16, Minto will also put his WBA Fedecentro heavyweight title on the line. The show will be Minto’s second appearance at the historic Pullman Park baseball stadium. Last July 2nd, Minto KO’d John Poore (20-3, 18 KOs) in the main event on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights before several thousand spectators at the renovated ballpark. Promoted by Beatdown Promotions and beginning at 7pm, the under card will feature 7 bouts including local heavies Jim Emrick (7-3-1, 2 KOs) in a six rounder and Paul “Zeus” Zalus (1-0) in a four. Tickets for the event are $25 (General Admission), $35 (Reserved) and $50 (Ringside) and available at the Pullman Park box office or by calling (724) 287-6797.
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Colombian veteran Yogli Herrera (22-8, 15 KOs) will face Puerto Rican top prospect Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (10-0, 8 KOs) in a 10 rd bout for the USNBC title from WBC this Friday, June 26 in Boxeo Boricua in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “This will be a great fight and I am ready to have a war with Yogli” Cruz said. “We know this will be an exciting fight; Herrera is a warrior and Luis Cruz is hungry to be considered one of the best in his division,” said Miguel Cotto. This bout is presented by Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian middleweight titlist Gaetano Nespro (15-5, 2 KOs) successfully retained his national belt for the third time last Saturday in Albano Laziale, Italy, outscoring local challenger Giovanni De Carolis (10-2, 3 KOs), after ten battler rounds of boxing. It was a give-and-take affair starting from the opening minute and both fighters showed great physical condition, young warrior De Carolis started the contest at a high pace, trying to bring the fight to Nespro, but the former IBF-Int challenger used an effective orthodox skill of boxing to gain the control of the clash and cruised to a deserved split decision win through scores of 96-94; 97-94 and 94-96. Boxe Forte Venice promoted the fight.(Thank’s to Stefano Fantogini of Boxenet)
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez and challenger Olivier Lontchi are off to New York City for a Top Rank press conference on Wednesday. Lopez, the WBO 122-pound champion, has a record of 25-0 and was crowned the 2008 Puerto Rico ‘Fighter of the Year.’ He is 4-0 in world title fights, winning all of those by knockout. Lontchi, born in Cameroon and now fighting out of Montreal, has a record of 18-0-2. He was a top amateur in Cameroon, fighting in over 150 amateur bouts. He moved to Montreal eight years ago when he was 18 years old. Lopez and Lontchi will fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday, June 27, Caesars Atlantic City is hosting.
“I know Lopez, but I generally do not watch video tapes,” Lontchi said. “My trainer (Howard Grant) does all of that. He will give me all of the instructions how to fight Lopez. I do whatever is necessary to win – and I’m undefeated.”
Here is the order of bouts, available on Pay Per View, beginning 9PM ET/6PM PT:
Vanes Martirosyan vs. Andrey Tsurkan
Yuri Foreman vs. Cornelius Bundrage
Jorge Arce vs. Fernando Lumacad
Bout #4 – Main Event
Juan Manuel Lopez vs Olivier Lontchi
This will be the PPV debut of USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan who has been training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif….The Yuri Foreman vs. Cornelius Bundrage fight is an eliminator, with the winner to fight IBF junior middleweight champion Cory Spinks…This will be Jorge Arce’s return to the ring since his bout against Victor Darchinyan earlier this year…Latin Fury 9 will be available on Pay Per View providers including iN DEMAND, DIRECT TV and the DISH NETWORK….Russian Olympian Matt Korobov, a middleweight, is on the undercard, as is super lightweight Demetrius Hopkins who has a record of 28-1-1….Undercard bouts begin at 6:30 pm…
By Alexey Sukachev
Steadily rising Polish cruiserweight contender Pawel Kolodziej (23-0, 12 KOs) scored his possibly biggest career win so far last Saturday, when he outpointed rugged Czech veteran Roman Kracik (29-2-1, 17 KOs) over twelve hard-fought rounds with the scores: 118-111 and 118-110 (twice). WBC #11 and WBA #14 ranked fighter captured the vacant IBC minor title during the process. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Two world-ranked Russian fighters will make their return to the ring this Saturday night in the beautiful Mediterranean city of Le Cannet on French Riviera. Middleweight Gennady Martirosyan (17-1, 6 KOs) is set to test unbeaten Cameroonian sensation Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (19-0, 13 KOs), while WBA #1 and WBO #9 cruiserweight Valery Brudov (37-2, 27 KOs) will participate in a tune-up six-rounder against ever dangerous TBA. The “WBA Boxing Night”, promoted by Michel Acaries’ “AMI Productions” at La Palestre boxing hall, will be headlined by a grudge rematch between heavyweight-turned-cruiserweight Steve Herelius (17-1-1, 11 KOs), 32, and ex-European champion Jean-Marc Monrose (24-3, 15 KOs), five years his younger. The twelve-round fight is billed as a WBA semifinal eliminator at 200lbs and also for the vacant WBA intercontinental title. Both boxers has already collided this March, Herelius (WBO #11 and WBA #12) taking a narrow ten-round majority decision. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
2000 Sydney welterweight gold medalist Mahammetkodir “Mohamad” Abdulaev (15-3, 12 KOs) will resume his pro career after three and a half years of hiatus on Tuesday night in Bekabad, Uzbekistan. Abdulaev, who is best known at paid ranks for his gutsy but limited performance against then WBO light welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, faces Russian trialhorse Sergey Starkov (16-52-2, 2 KOs) in a non-title six-rounder at junior middleweight limit. Shuhrat Haydarov of Favzul Munavvar promotes. Andizhan native Abdulaev, 35, is also known for his kayo wins over ex-champion Philip Holiday and Jesse Feliciano as well as the controversial tenth-round knockout loss to Emanuel Clottey back in 2003. In his last bout, he dropped a close unanimous decision to Ukrainian Andrey Kotelnik in November 2005.
Story by William Wilczewski
Most fighters wouldn’t want to be labeled a mama’s boy.
Many fighters, though, aren’t 16-0 with 14 of those wins coming by way of knockout.
Brownsville, N.Y.-native Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs is. And, it’s what his mother Yvette did for him as a child that gave him a shot at being boxing’s next great middleweight . . . Click here for full story
King Arthur Abraham has returned to Germany’s capital following an exhausting training camp at the Baltic Sea. The undefeated IBF Middleweight Champion (29-0, 23 KOs) is determined to defend his title for the 10th time when he takes on Mahir Oral (25-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night. “Everything went very well in practice,” King Arthur said. “We had everything we needed in Zinnowitz – fresh air, the sea, good food and a decent gym.” (more…)
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