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Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (53-9, 37 KOs) won a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence (12-2-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, in Las Vegas. The bout was fought at a deliberate pace with Lawrence the busier of the two. The 44-year-old McCall was never able to get untracked but he picked up the pace in the last two rounds to come away with a 97-93, 96-94, 96-94 win. Many at ringside felt Lawrence did enough to win the fight, and McCall said afterward that he’s open to a rematch.
Super featherweight Daniel Jiménez (19-3-1, 11KOs) scored a KO at 2:55 of the 12th round against Marcos Jiménez (16-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With the win, Jiménez claimed the vacant WBA Fedecentro title.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Carlos Negron (4-0, 4 KOs) won by TKO at 2:55 of the second round against Geovante Davis (3-4-1, 2 KOs) when referee Ramon Navedo stopped the fight. Negron was knocked down in the first round. (more…)
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Middleweight contender Andy Lee (19-1, 14 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round KO over Anthony Schuler (21-7-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Lee dropped Shuler in rounds three and four, then floored him three times in round eight before the referee waved it off at 2:05.
In a battle of former world title challengers, Angel “Toro” Hernandez (29-7, 16 KOs) punished Antwun Echols (31-11-4, 27 KOs), dropping Echols in round four and battering Echols until Echols’ corner called it quits after round six.
Heavyweight Owen “What The Heck” Beck (29-3, 20 KOs) won a slow-paced eight round unanimous decision over Jermell Barnes (18-22-2, 4 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 77-75, 80-72.
The WBC Board of Governors has approved by a unanimous vote that the November 14 welterweight clash between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto (contract weight 145lbs) will be the first ever for the WBC Diamond Belt. “The Diamond Belt has received a tremendous positive response from promoters and media around the world, and we at the WBC are very excited and proud that this important and historic fight will be the first for the Diamond Belt,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. “The WBC will not charge a sanction fee on this extraordinary occasion.”
Courtesy, Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
The Red Lion Hotel of Sacramento will go outdoors for the first time with its next show, Saturday, Sept. 12, pairing world-ranked cruiserweight Matt Godfrey (19-1, 10 KOs) of Providence, R.I., with local Michael Simms (20-11-2, 13 KOs). Godfrey was to defend his NABF title against the winner of a Red Lion main event Aug. 7, but Simms fought to a controversial six-round draw with former IBF cruiser champ Kelvin Davis, so there will be no Godfrey crown at stake. Matched in an eight-round semi-main is another hometowner, Otis Griffin (19-6-2, 7 KOs), opposing Rubin Williams (29-8-1, 16 KOs) of Detroit. Promoter Nasser Niavaroni and hotel owner Jeff Berger plan a five-bout card, coinciding with the Red Lion’s grand opening.
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian welterweight champion Oywale Omotoso (14-0, 12 KOs) was impressive as he stopped former world rated Emanuel Augustus (38-31-6, 20 KOs) in nine rounds at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Friday. Omotoso, 24 years, controlled the action as he delivered accurate combinations consistently in most of the rounds on the highly regarded American. Augustus was dropped in round six and twice in round nine at which point the referee saved the game importation from further punishment. Leading Victorian promoter Murray Thompson said: “That was a very good performance by Omotoso. Augustus has been in the ring with some of the best boxers in the world in the past ten years including Floyd Mayweather. Augustus said this was the first time he had actually been knocked out which says a lot for Omotoso’s punching ability. I will bring out good imports for Omotoso – I have a good South American opponent next for him.” Augustus dropped a split decision to Francisco Figuero (19-2) in his last start in the USA in 2008. He defeated world class Courtney Burton in ten rounds in 2006 and also Ray Oliveira in eight rounds in 2005. He was stopped by Floyd Mayweather in nine rounds in 2000 who was unbeaten in twenty-three fights at the time. Omotoso is originally from Nigeria but has been based in Australia for all his professional fights.
Humberto Gutiérrez 129.5 vs Sergey Gulyakevich 129.5
(WBC Interim super featherweight championship)
Raúl García 105 vs Sammy Guty Gutierrez 105
(IBF minimumweight championship)
José Luis Castillo 147 vs Cristian Solano 150
Saul Roman 154 vs Martin Avila 154
Alex López 126 vs Eden Márquez 125.5
Juan Carlos Virgen 160 vs Roy Sánchez 160
Venue: Auditorio Municipal de Los Cabos, Mexico
Promoter: ZANFER and Gobierno del Estado de Bajacalifornia Sur
TV: TV Azteca/Azteca America
Juan Diaz 137.7 vs Paulie Malignaggi 138.2
(Vacant NABO junior welterweight title)
Malcolm Klassen 129.5 vs Robert Guerrero 130
(IBF junior lightweight title)
Daniel Jacobs 159.7 vs Ishe Smith 159
(Vacant NABO middleweight title)
Danny Garcia 141 vs Oscar Leon 139.7
Hylon Williams 134.7 vs Baudel Cardenas 134.2
Jermell Charlo 146.5 vs Vardan Gasparyan 147.5
Omar Figueroa 138 vs Jeremy Marts 137.7
Adrien Broner 131 vs Edgar Portillo 129.5
Rashad Ganaway 133.5 vs Mickey Bey 134
Marcus Johnson 170 vs Matt Gockel 169.5
Adam Richards 200 vs Harvey Jolly 198.5
Darlington Agha 252 vs Joseph Rabotte 264.5
Mike Perez 132.7 vs Jamie Rodriguez 133
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
Story by David L. Hudson
In a sport glutted with glitz, glamour and greed, he is a hardworking, humble and God-fearing family man. In a sport full of spoiled and pampered prospects, he came up the hard way in his 10-year professional boxing career. In a sport where preparation determines success, he often took fights on short notice. In a sport where fighters are judged by their glossy records, he lost several fights giving him a journeyman-like ledger. Though he had a fine amateur career and some natural ability, he lost bouts to future world champions Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik and an assortment of other future prospects . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian Referee Guillermo Perez Pineda will be the third man in the ring when the Venezuelan challenger Marco A. Avendaño (27-6-1, 19 KOs) and Japans Challenger Nobuhiro Ishida (20-5-2, 7 KOs) fight for the WBA interim super wwlterweight title at the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan on August 30. The three judges are: Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand), Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico), and Rubén Garcia (USA). The fight supervisor is CYang Sup Shim (Korea).
By Matt Richardson
On Saturday, one of the most loquacious fighters in the sport, former junior welterweight title-holder Paul Malignaggi returns to the ring for just the second time since losing his belt last Fall against Ricky Hatton. Malignaggi will fight former lightweight champion Juan Diaz – at a catchweight of 138 1/2 – in Houston, Texas, the hometown of his opponent. As usual, Malignaggi had a lot to say. So, to let him tell it to the fans unfiltered, here’s what he had to say. (More)
Bernard Hopkins was on the Calvin Murphy radio show last night and an associate of Roy Jones Jr. got hold of Roy so he called in to join the conversation that soon turned into a fight negotiation. Jones came to the conclusion that “Bernard is scared,” and here are some highlights…
Bernard Hopkins: Money has been the issue for the past ten years with us.
Roy Jones: How much will you give me
BH: I will make it a 60:40 split
RJ: How about 60 to the winner and 40 to the loser
BH: Now you want to make a contest out of it. I don’t need Roy Jones. It could wind up in the judges hands and you never know what will happen.
RJ: You pick the judges.
BH: If RJ will take 40, we can get it done before the year is out. But if not…
RJ: He already has an L on his record from me and he is trying to make me take 40 so he can prove that I am the lesser man. But if will make it 60 to the winner and 40 to the loser I will take my chances with that.
BH: Do you think I would make more money fighting Roy Jones than I would a young stud like Adamek or Dawson?
RJ: Bernard doesn’t want to fight me. Why would he want to fight me? He’s having fun now at this point in his career. He doesn’t want to take that gamble.
BH: Is Roy willing to go on record to take 40% win, lose or draw?
Show Producer: How about the winner-take-all?
RJ: That’s even better for me.
Show Producer: Bernard are you there?
RJ: No. When you said winner-take-all you ran him off the phone. He’s been doing that to me for 5 years now. He disappeared. That’s what happens to me. every time.
To listen to last night’s interviews on the Calvin Murphy show, click here.
Jürgen Brähmer 174.6 vs. Aleksy Kuziemski 173.7
(WBO interim light heavyweight world championship)
Karoly Balzsay 166.7 vs. Robert Stieglitz 167.1
(WBO super middleweight world championship)
Zsolt Bedak 120.6 vs. Yersin Jailauov 121.9
(WBO European jr. featherweight title)
Eduard Gutknecht 167.6 vs. Josival Lima Teixeira 164.7
(WBO Intercontinental Super Middleweight title)
Pal Bedak 110.2 vs. Ravil Mukhamadiarov 112.4
Dimitri Sartison 167.8 vs Michal Bilak 170.9
Phil Lo Greco 149.7 vs Sebastien Sprengler 148.2
Venue: Syma Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)
By Lee Bates
WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (30-0-2, 19 KOs)) of Argentina will attempt to defend his title for the 17th time when he takes on Mexican native Victor Zaleta (9-1, 5 KOs) in Mexico October 3rd. Narvarez, promoted by Osvaldo Rivero has made several defenses of his title in his native Argentina but has shown that he is a true “world champion” defending his title in mulitiple countries since becoming champion in July of 2002. The list includes Italy, Spain, France, and now looks to add Mexico. Though the large gap in professional fights may indicate this bout as a mismatch on paper this is not the case. Zaleta will have a major height and reach advantage as he is extremely tall for a flyweight at 5’8½” to Narvaez who is 5’3″. Zaleta is also very advanced as a professional with his career being moved at the accelerated pace equivalent to that of WBA interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and recent world title challenger Beibut Shumenov. In just his third professional bout Zaleta knocked out former world champion Eric Ortiz and in his sixth professional bout he easily decisioned former world champion Jose Antonio Aguirre. The only blemish on his record is a ten round majority decision loss to then (18-1) Faustino Cupul in Cupul´s hometown but he has since reeled off three consecutive wins heading in to his bout with Narvaez.
Two legendary former champions, Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro, will finally square off in a fight that fans have been clamoring over for almost a decade. A pair of top middleweights, Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia, will answer the question of who stands alongside Dan Henderson as the division’s top threat to champion Anderson Silva. Brandon Vera returns against rugged veteran Krzysztof Soszynski in a fight that will go a long way toward proving whether Vera really is ‘The Truth’ at light heavyweight . . . Click more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
Lightweight contender Ben “Smooth” Henderson finally admits to a secret he once kept close to the vest. For most of his professional fighting career, the Arizona native couldn’t see the punches his opponents launched at him. But it wasn’t for reasons you might assume. (more…)
In his eighteenth professional fight, unbeaten WBO #3 light heavyweight contender Aleksy Kuziemski (17-0, 4 KOs) will face WBO #5 rated stablemate Jürgen Brähmer for the WBO interim world title in Budapest, Hungary. Kuziemski, who knocked out previously unbeaten Armin Dollinger in his last fight, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of ring legend countryman Dariusz Michalczewski – the WBO light heavyweight world champion from 1994 to 2003.
Aleksy Kuziemski, how are things in Budapest?
“Everything is running to plan. I’m concluding my preparation with my trainer Artur Grigorian but here in Budapest we need to protect ourselves from the high temperatures and can only train early in the morning or later in the evening. But the necessary positive energy is there.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Heavyweight contender Shane Cameron will have the biggest bout of his career on October 3rd in Hamilton, New Zealand when he steps in the ring with one of the best punchers in the world and fellow countryman David Tua. Shane talks to Fightnews and tells of his preparation, about his sparring sessions with Tua in 2002, who his toughest fight was and also why the TAB betting agency has got it wrong by making Tua favorite to win. (more…)
By Lee Bates
A proposed bout between WBA interim junior welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs) and #1 ranked contender Dmitriy Salita (30-0-1, 16 KOs) is in the works for November. Maidana broke the news on TyC Sports (an all sports network in Argentina ) in a live interview last night. He did not specify an exact date or location. Originally Fightnews reported that Maidana could possibly meet Amir Khan in October. However shortly after that, Golden Boy Promotions and Universum Box-Promotion announced the formation of a strategic alliance between the two companies and executed a co-promotional agreement which covers several world champions including Maidana.
It’s “Public Safety Night” on Friday, September 11th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia as fan favorite Steve Chambers (19-1-1, 5 KOs) returns to the ring! Chambers – a native son of Philly – has fought all but one of his twenty-two bouts at The Blue Horizon. Chambers is coming off a nine month layoff due to a foot injury and he is scheduled for an eight-round jr welterweight contest. (more…)
David Estrada 152 vs Chris Gray 151
David Latoria 220 vs Ricardo Bradley 210
Foster Nkodo 156 vs Roberto Florentino 158
Tony Maldonado 147 vs Tim Reynolds 146
Ramiro Carrillo 142 vs Jamar Hampton 140
Antonio Avila 134 vs Greg Cogshell 133
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
By Lee Bates from South America
Noe Alcoba (21-1, 13 KOs) of Uruguay knocked out Mariano Carrera (32-6, 23 KOs) of Argentina in the fourth round to win the WBO latino middleweight title in a battle between two former world title challengers. The bout took place Thursday night at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Carrerra actually won the WBA world middleweight title when he defeated then champion Javier Castillejo in 2006 but tested positive for a banned substance and Castillejo was reinstated as champion. They rematched the following year in a non-title match where Castillejo stopped Carrera in six. Alcoba lost to WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm by unanimous decision in his world title challenge in 2007. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australia’s Danny Green and American superstar Roy Jones Jr in Sydney in November will likely fight at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre in Sydney, NSW that seats 12,000 or the Acer Arena at Homebush that holds 20,000. Green arrived Sydney on Wednesday, carrying the IBO cruiserweight title belt he won against Mexican Julio Cesar Dominguez in Mississippi last Saturday. He’s scheduled to make his first defence against the legendary 40-year-old Jones, who scored an equally impressive tenth round stoppage of former super middleweight world champion Jeff Lacy in the light heavyweight bout on the same card in Biloxi. A Parramatta Football supporter, Green suggested his clash with Jones might take place at Parramatta Stadium, which hosted Kostya Tszyu’s world title fight against Hugo Pineda. The canvas had to be changed that night after the preliminary fights because of the heavy rain that fell.Green fought outdoors against Anthony Mundine at the Sydney Football Stadium in 2006, which attracted around 30,000 spectators, but Green Machine Boxing (GMB) director Justin Manolikos suggested the Jones bout would go ahead indoors. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
The third stage of the annual International Kostya Tszyu Cup will be held at Yubileyniy sports arena in Yugorsk, Russia, on the 4th of September and will be crowned with a crossroads collision of two young prospects willing to level-up their careers. The whole card was announced last weekend by its organizers. In the main event of the evening, Russian junior welterweight champion Fariz Kazimov (9-1-1, 2 KOs) will risk his belt against Ukrainian Anatoly Sidorov (4-1-1). These fighters share two distinctive features between each other – they are both foreigners, however licensed to compete in Russia, and they are both young, being just 22 and 21-years old respectively. Not only will the national belt be at stake this time, but the main prize and a future praise from the living legend are also up for grabs in this scheduled ten-rounder. (more…)
Lance Whitaker 249 vs. Matthew Ellis 211
(12 rd WBC USNBC Heavyweight Title)
John Ellis Jr 209 vs. Patrick Johnson 202
Tina Anderson 142 vs. Tammy Frank 143
Alex Rivera 187 1/2 vs. Brandon Bennett 207
Efrian Esquivias vs TBA
Batchelder off the card due to a training injury.
Venue: Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA
Promoter: South Bay Promotions
Doors: at 6PM, First Bout 7PM
Everlast Worldwide, Inc., has signed on as USA Boxing’s official equipment and apparel sponsor, extending their current agreement, which previously covered only USA Boxing’s equipment needs. The agreement will run through the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England with all USA Boxing teams showcasing Everlast apparel throughout the four-year deal. “Amateur boxing is at the very core of Everlast’s authenticity, and we are fully dedicated to helping the sport grow at the grassroots level,” stated Matt Cowan, VP of Marketing and Product for Everlast. (more…)
By Peter Lim
Fighting for the first time outside his native South Africa, Malcolm Klassen defends his IBF super featherweight belt against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (24-1-1, 17 KOs) this Saturday at the Toyota Center in Houston. The fight, staged by Golden Boy Promtions, will be aired on HBO. Klassen, (24-4-2, 15 KOs), dethroned Gairy St. Clair via split decision for the title in 2006 but lost it against Mzonke Fana, also by split decision, in his first defense. Klassen regained the belt by stopping fellow-South African Cassius Baloyi in April via seventh round TKO. (more…)
Story by David Robinett
It has been a year of highs and lows for former IBF featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (24-1-1, 17 KOs).
Returning in January after a nearly one-year layoff, Guerrero successfully moved up to the super featherweight division with a first-round knockout of Edel Ruiz. That was followed in March by a calamitous no-contest against Daud Yordan in which Guerrero was perceived by many to have prompted a referee’s stoppage after suffering a cut in the second round. Three months later Guerrero gained a measure of redemption by fighting through another cut and stopping former lightweight contender Efren Hinojosa . . Click here for more
Interview by David Finger
For a fighter nicknamed “Mount”, Lance Whitaker (33-5-1, 27 KOs) certainly has had a career full of ups and downs over the years . . . Click here for more
Don King is celebrating his 78th birthday today, and his birthday wish is for the California State Athletic Commission to correct the decision made in the Aug. 1 WBO junior welterweight championship featuring Tim Bradley and Nate Campbell in favor of a “no contest” ruling when they meet on Monday. “Everyone, including the referee, saw the accidental head butt between Nate and Timmy in the second round,” King said of what caused a gash over Campbell’s eye that led the ringside physician to recommend a halt to the contest. “Al Bernstein of SHOWTIME, all of the journalists and boxing fans around the world are in agreement the fight should have been ruled no contest after that head butt. Today is my birthday, and my birthday wish is that the CSAC rights this wrong on Monday at their hearing, just as the CSAC rightly corrected itself last year in a similar situation involving Hasim Rahman and James Toney, where they changed the ruling to no decision. I would love nothing more than to call California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday afternoon to tell him that his commission has ruled in favor of justice and fair play. It would be a terrible injustice–as Martin Luther King said ‘an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’–if this wrong is supported. It will be a black eye to boxing, the sport and, most important, the great state of California.”
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