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European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht (21-1, 9 KOs) will make a first defence of his title on July 16 when he takes on Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-4-1, 19 KOs) in Munich. Gutknecht joined Team Sauerland at the beginning of the year and clinched the European title with an eighth-round TKO victory over Danny McIntosh last month. “I have big plans for the future,” Gutknecht said. “I have worked hard to become European champion. By successfully defending my title in Munich, I want to further climb in the rankings and get myself into a position for a world title shot.” (more…)
The City of St. Charles, Mo., and its Mayor, Sally Faith, have rolled out the red carpet for Don King by hosting Friday afternoon’s Official Weigh-In at their beautiful and historic downtown area supporting the boxing promoter’s “Show Me Something Great… in the ‘Show Me’ State” world championship boxing event taking place on Saturday at The Family Arena in St. Charles. (HBO: 9:45 p.m. ET/PT). The weigh-in is open to the public, and Don King, Mayor Faith and additional St. Charles dignitaries will be attending. The event takes place in the 100-200 block of North Main Street (Colonnade section of the historic district between Quintessential and R.T. Weiler’s) starting at 4:30PM with the weigh-in at 5:30PM.
“This is the Show Me State, so I need the people in the St. Charles area to be present for my Weigh In to let everyone around the country know that St. Charles supports big events like world championship boxing,” Don King said. “The hospitality and outreach of St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith, The Family Arena and the citizenry has been heartwarming. I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, June 24 in the St. Charles historic district.”
Sunday’s UFC Live event in Pittsburgh is filled with intriguing storylines, fan-friendly matchups, and a handful of TUF alumni looking to keep the ship moving in the right direction. Casual fans may not recognize all the names, but if this is someone’s inaugural experience with the UFC, they are in for a real treat if the fights even come close to living up to their potential. Rather than focus my pre-fight breakdown on the main event, I thought it made sense to give a quick rundown of the three fights have the biggest potential for fireworks . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Matthew Macklin’s trainer Joe Gallagher wants his charge to adopt Marvelous Marvin Hagler’s mantra of “Mean, Moody, Magnificent” as he bids to upset long reigning WBA champion Sturm at a sold out Lanxess Arena in Cologne on Saturday. “I want Matthew to adopt the same attitude,” revealed Gallagher. “Matthew has watched tapes of Hagler when he came to London to rip the world title from Alan Minter in 3 rounds back in 1980 and were looking for a similar type of performance on Saturday night.” (more…)
Tickets are on sale NOW for All Star Boxing’s “Boxeo Telemundo” telecast on Friday featuring Jesus Pabon vs. Javier “La Zorra” Castro for Pabon’s WBO jr welterweight Latin title, plus Sullivan Barrera vs. Frank Paines for the vacant WBO Latin & WBA FEDELATIN light heavyweight titles at the Miami Dade County Auditorium. “This will be a great, an entertaining night of boxing. I am really looking forward to this duel , Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, always a classic, plus a great undercard!” said promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. Doors open 7:30pm. Tickets $25.00* Reserved Seating and there also VIP tables available. Call 305-547-5414.
Story by Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Pictures by Marianne Müller
In the week before an important world title fight, most boxers are not keen on being in public that much. They participated in the final press conference, an open workout and the weigh-in – but that’s about it. WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm made an exception to this rule yesterday. After attending the presser for his Saturday clash with Ireland’s Matthew Macklin, the 32-years old Sturm had another appointment. He made a stop at the charity project “Kids for Future” and visited a group of children at a boxing workout. The three-time middleweight champion took the time to explain the cause, did a little training routine with the kids, posed for pictures and wrote endless autographs. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Having been dethroned by Akifumi Shimoda in his initial defense, former WBA 122-pound champ Ryol-li Lee (AKA Retsuri Lee) will make a comeback against ex-national super-bantam ruler Rikiya Fukuhara (24-5-1, 18 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan, on August 6. Lee (17-2-1, 8 KOs), a legitimate featherweight as he had held the national belt at this weight, moved down to the 122-pound category and surprisingly captured the WBA throne by an upset verdict (115-113, 115-114 and 118-110) over Pongsaklek Kratingdaeng-Gym last October. After his forfeiture of the belt to Shimoda last January, Lee, suffered a pitiful passing of his manager/promoter Kazunori Miyakawa this May. Fukuhara is a slick-punching boxer-puncher who is never an easy trial horse for Lee, a lanky counterpuncher, who is gunning for a shot at a world feather belt in the future. On the same bill, once-beaten bantam prospect Ryosuke Iwasa (8-1, 6 KOs), ex-national high school champ, will also participate in a comebacking bout against Indonesian titlist Rasmanudin after his failure to win the national belt from world-rated Shinsuke Yamanaka in March.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
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The twelfth round knockout scored by the new idol of Mexican boxing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday night at the Arena VFG, left the door open to catapult him to the fight of his dreams in his short career. There is already talk that his next opponent could be Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Angel Cotto, tentatively on September 15 somewhere in the United States. Cotto has been penciled in to fight Antonio Margarito in December, but that hasn’t stopped speculation of a possible showdown between the two 154lb champions. (more…)
Super middleweight Jaidon Codrington (20-2, 16 KOs) will face Alvaro Enriquez (11-8-2, 3 KOs) on July 15 at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta. Codrington lost to Sakio Bika in the finals of the TV reality series “The Contender” in what many called the fight of the year for 2007. Now working for the Atlanta Police Dept., he has only fought twice since against marginal opposition. Also on the card is a clash of former IBF title challengers as Paul Delgado (25-10-1) meets Osrael “Pito” Cardona. Tickets atart at $25. Call 404-843-2825.
Photos by David Martin Warr
Twenty-four-year-old Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-1, 13 KOs) walked into his St. Louis gym today for a media workout looking like a mature fighter who knows what is at stake in his 140-pound showdown against Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse on Saturday at The Family Arena in nearby St. Charles (HBO: 9:45 p.m. ET/PT) When asked about his first loss, suffered at the hands of Timothy Bradley in a pivotal match designed to help determine supremacy at the 140-pound weight limit, Alexander was resolute in his reply. For more details and photos click here…
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After an intense preparation lasting seven weeks in his family’s gym in Los Mochis, the three time world champion, Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel, reported himself to be ready to reappear this June 25 in the capital of Sinaloa. Today he’ll travel with his workout team to Culiacan. Montiel (44-3-2, 34 KOs) ended the intense phase of his training in the gym of the “Cochules” directed by his father, Manuel Montiel, and reported ready to return to ring in the Banorte Stadium in Culiacán, where he will face former world champion Nehomar Cermeno (20-3, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout scheduled for super bantamweight. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Bob Barton
Devon Alexander returned to the Marquette Recreation Center in St Louis for his media workout. Devon is happy to be back in his hometown gym after a training camp at high altitude in Monument Colorado. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican prospect Sal Sanchez II has been training hard for his next fight on July 9 in Mexico City, against and opponent to be named. Sanchez, who returned to Mexico in search of perfecting his skills, has shown much improvement and in his last fight showed the skills that have bus loads of fans flocking to his fights. “I am training often and without knowing who I’m going to be facing, I’m in a continuous phase of training and I take every day, every week, and every month very seriously, knowing that each fight brings me closer to my dream of winning the WBC featherweight title. To me this is a great challenge and a blessing to be the nephew of the greatest Mexican boxer in history and now being recognized as a strong candidate to win a world title,” said Sal Sanchez II.
Story by Rick Scharmberg
IBF #1-ranked contender and USBA light heavyweight champ Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (29-3-2, 17 KOs) will get his first world title shot when he challenges defending IBF champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (22-0, 18 KOs) next Saturday, June 25 at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. The bout will be part of an HBO-televised doubleheader that will also feature Devon Alexander taking on Lucas Matthysse. Cloud will be making the third defense of his title, which he won with a decision over Clinton Woods in 2009 . . . Click here for more
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photo: Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight kingpin Felix Sturm and former European champion Matthew Macklin came face-to-face for the first time since announcing their world title clash on Saturday today at the final press conference at the luxury Wasserturm hotel in Cologne, Germany. The championship bout will draw an 18.000 plus crowd at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.
“We had a great camp and I believe I’m better than I was in my previous fights”, the champion told the assembled media. “I expect a great fight on Saturday night and I don’t believe it will last the distance.” His coach Fritz Sdunek added: “We will expose Macklin’s flaws. Even if our plan A won’t work, we have a plan B in place that will. Felix is really strong and ready. He will keep his WBA belt for sure.” Clive Salz, Sturm’s fitness and nutrition specialist, praised his protégés work ethic: “Camp is a tough time but he did a great job as always and will be a hundredth percent ready for Macklin.” (more…)
Gleason’s Gym owner Bruce Silverglade, NABF featherweight champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano and award-winning boxing artist Gabe Parillo, Jr. will be special guest speakers at this Tuesday’s night monthly RING 8 meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. (more…)
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday at the Parque Andrés Quintana Roo in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) faces Japan’s Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs) in defense of his world title. “I trained hard for this fight and I hope for the victory,” said Soto. “Fights between Mexicans and Japanese are interesting and I hope Sasaki is a great fighter. Sasaki is an aggressive fighter and strong and will surely come well prepared. We analyzed the video of one of his fights and in truth it won’t be easy, but I’m coming to do my thing.” Sasaki has already arrived in Cozumel. photos…
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