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WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev worked out today at the “Sportschule Hennef” near the former German capital Bonn. “Hennef” is a famous place for soccer teams and has a lot of boxing history, as well. In 1990 German Soccer Head-Coach Franz Beckenbauer chose this place for training camp before starting the World Cup in Italy. Germany became World Champion in 1990 in Rome. In 1995 Universum Box-Promotion held first negotiations with Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko there. Right now at “Camp Chag” middleweight champ Felix Sturm is training for his bout on July 11th at Nurburgring Arena against European champ Khoren Gevor. On Wednesday, Chagaev and his teams will move to Oberhausen. This Saturday over 60,000 fans in the arena of FC Schalke 04 and millions of people worldwide will be watching the highly anticipated fight of the heavyweight world champions. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The current WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero is seeking to be approved for a boxing license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in order to get the OK to fight in the boxing mecca. The results of an MRI will be reviewed by Nevada medical authorities and sources close to the boxer indicate that there are good possibilities that these results be favorable to Valero. The feared power-puncher was banned in the US by the New York boxing commission from 2004-2008 after an irregular brain scan, but continued his career outside the US to become a world champion. He has already been approved to fight in the state of Texas. There is talk of a Vegas showdown with former champion Joel Casamayor in September if all goes as hoped.
By Craig Watt
At 11am EST in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday the details of an Australian “super bout” will be announced between former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green (26-3, 23 KOs) and former four weight world champion Roy Jones Jnr (53-5, 39 KO’s) which is expected to be held in Australia, later in 2009. The rumour mill in Australia had been running overtime this week when Danny Green postponed a planned fight with Shannon Taylor, pencilled for August 5th in Wollongong which was a second comeback fight for the 36-year-old former champion from Perth, Western Australia. It is expected that Danny Green will initially fight on the undercard of the August 15th fight in New Orleans when Roy Jones Jr takes on Jeff Lacy. Should both fighters be victorious then a planned match up at 175 pounds will take place in Australia later in 2009. The details and venue will be announced on Wednesday morning. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
K2 East promotions will present its next tournament, announced as “World Boxing” on June 27 at “Ukraine” Palace of Sports in Lviv, western Ukraine. The headliner is a heated clash between two ex-Soviet fighters for the vacant EBA (WBA European branch) welterweight title. Local hero Victor Plotnikov (21-1, 10 KOs), 31, fought only twice out of native Lviv during his pro career, yet taking formidable Belgian contender Jackson Osei Bonsu in deep waters en route to a close decision loss a year ago in one of these outings. Plotnikov collides with unbeaten Uzbek Sherzodbek Alimjanov (15-0, 10 KOs), who spent almost his entire career at home as well, capturing his share of minor titles during the process. Plotnikov-Alimjanov fight is scheduled for twelve rounds, and fireworks are expected. (more…)
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Undefeated middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero may have been flying under the radar during his young pro career, but that ends Friday night when he fights in his first main event, headlining the “Boxing’s Future Champions” pay-per-view pro card at Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland . . . Click here for more
By Bob Ryder
Former heavyweight title challenger Owen “What the Heck” Beck (28-3, 20 KOs) won a split decision over journeyman Andrew Greeley (14-28-2, 8 KOS) on Saturday night at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak Michigan. Scores were 77-75, 78-74 Beck, 77-75 Greeley.
Darryl Cunningham W6 Jeffrey Osborne Jr. (super middleweight)
Alexis Hloros TKO5 Jason Medina (super middleweight)
Roscoe Hill double DQ Bryan Smith (super middleweight)
Willie Fortune TKO1 Anthony Gott (jr middleweight)
Joe Haynes KO1 Justin Danforth (jr middleweight)
Sidney Gurley KO1 Sasa Perkic (middleweight)
Promoters: Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions
It was cartilage damage in the ribs of Floyd Mayweather Jr. that KO’d the July 18 showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez. A September date is now being considered, pending Mayweather’s recovery.
The fight between 48-year-old former WBO heavyweight champion Ray Mercer and former UFC champion Tim Silva, which was denounced by the Association of Boxing Commissions as “unwarranted and illegal,” did take place over the weekend in Birmingham, Alabama. Mercer needed just 9 seconds to knock out Silva.
Looks like the August 1 WBO junior welterweight clash between champion Timothy Bradley and former lightweight champ Nate Campbell will take place at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. It’ll be a home game for Bradley, who hails from nearby Palm Springs.
By Felipe Leon
Ex-Olympian for Mexico Juan Castaneda Jr. will be facing Angel “Flash” Granados (17-7, 7KO) of Caracas, Venezuela for the WBA Fedelatin super featherweight title this Saturday night at the Modelo Center in his hometown of La Paz, MX. “I don’t know much about Granados but I have seen his record and we can see that he is not an easy out,” Castaneda Jr. (16-1-1, 14KO) stated. “He has fought tough opposition and that makes us pay better attention to avoid any surprises.” Castaneda’s lone loss came at the hands of WBO NABO lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco last year and in his last bout, he earned a draw against another South American, Alirio Rivero due to a accidental head clash. The fight card will be promoted by Eco Promotions in association with Box Latino and broadcast nationally in Mexico by Cadena Tres.
By Felipe Leon
With the news that the Jorge Arce vs. Fernando Lumacad has been moved to Atlantic City, NJ, for June 27th, more news has been released regarding the Zanfer Promotions fight card which originally was to happen in Ciudad Juarez this Saturday night and at the last minute was moved to Tijuana, MX. Now the fight card will be held at the beautiful seaside port of Ensenada, roughly 100 miles south of San Diego, CA. Now featured in the main event will be local Ensenada favorite Joksan “Torito” Hernandez (15-1-0, 9KO) as he takes a huge step up in facing former title challenger Hector Velazquez (51-12-2, 35KO) of Tijuana, MX in a featherweight ten round clash. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions will co-promote an event with Juan Carlos Devia’s Pro Box Del Caribe on Saturday at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. The fight card titled ‘Rivalidad al maximo’ (Rivalry to the max) will be televised by HBO Plus in Latin America. Colombia’s Likar Ramos (19-2, 14 KOs) will take on Mexico’s Ernesto Morales (18-3, 10 KOs) in the scheduled 12 round main event. Ramos will be defending his WBO Latino super featherweight title. In a lightweight co-feature, Colombian Oscar Garcia (9-2, 7 KOs) will attempt to defeat unbeaten teenage Mexican prospect Pablo Cesar Cano (16-0-1, 13 KOs).
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Octavius James’ One In a Million Boxing Inc, held an action packed night of boxing this past Friday night at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL. Despite the main-event having fell through, the co-main and undercard had fight fans thrilled as they were presented with an exciting night of boxing action.
Headlining the card originally was supposed to be the highly anticipated match-up between middleweights and former sparring partners Michael Walker (19-2-2, 12 KOs) and Orphius Waite (5-3-0, 3 KOs), however Walker was too dehydrated during the weigh-in and was deemed unfit to fight.
Welterweights Ed Ochoa (9-0-0, 8 KOs) and Jessie Lee David (11-13-0, 8 KOs) stepped up into the main event as the two combatants fought for six grueling rounds as they tested each others will throughout. (more…)
Former Juarez veteran Santos “Apache” Moreno has passed away. Moreno, a native of Miguel Auza, Zacatecas, came to the border in 1976 where he turned pro under trainer Tony Martinez. Over the next 16 years, “Apache” fought 41 times, winning 21, losing 19, with one no-contest. His last bout was against Roger Mayweather in December 1990 in Las Vegas, in which he was TKO’d in three. Moreno also fought Vince Phillips, Hector Lopez, Ruben Castillo (whom he defeated by split verdict), Rafael Limon, Nicky Perez and Calvin Grove. He also fought for the NABF super bantamweight belt three times and the Mexican featherweight title twice. After retirement, Moreno continued on in the fight game as a trainer, overlooking the careers of his sons. Flyweight Alejandro “Apachito” Moreno (21-24-3, 10 KOs) is most known. –Chris Cozzone
The full fight card for Friday night’s “Boxing’s Future Champions” card, promoted by Prize Fight Boxing and airing on your PC for $4.95 at PrizeFightTV.com, has been released.
In the main event, undefeated middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (13-0, 11 KOs), of Salisbury, Md., by way of the Dominican Republic, will take on dangerous Brian “The Assassin” Norman (17-8, 5 KOs), of Atlanta, Ga . . . Click here for more
Photo: Celebrating his 27th birthday today while preparing for a fight Saturday night on “The Ultimate Fighter Finale” for Team US vs. Team UK, UFC fighter Joe “Daddy” Stevenson (34-10) pounds away at a cage dummy at Jackson’s Gym in Albuquerque, N.M. On Saturday, Stevenson will take on Nate Diaz (10-3). Look for a story on Stevenson later in the week.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
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Things were definitely entertaining at today’s final press conference for Adrian Diaconu’s title defense against fellow Montrealer Jean Pascal. “This is my city,” said Pascal as he came from behind the table and worked the stage with a microphone like a seasoned night club crooner. Pascal offered up a birthday gift wrapped up in a gold box for Diaconu who recently turned thirty-one. “I don’t want your gift,” shot back ‘The Shark’ adding, “This is boxing, this is serious business, this isn’t ‘Star Academie’,” referring to the Quebec based American Idol type show. “I’m here to box, not to talk.”
Former world champion Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce of Mexico is heading to Atlantic City, N.J. Arce will take on Fernando Lumacad of the Philippines on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 9′ championship boxing event at the Boardwalk Hall. Caesars Atlantic City is hosting. The Arce vs. Lumacad super flyweight fight will replace the Fernando Montiel vs. Eric Morel title fight. Montiel, the WBO bantamweight champion from Mexico, is out with a hand injury. “The plan is to move the Montiel title fight to a new date, perhaps in September,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. The Arce vs. Lumacad fight was initially scheduled for Friday, June 20 in Tijuana. When Montiel’s injury was confirmed today, the Arce fight was moved to Latin Fury 9. This will be Arce’s first fight since he lost his WBA super flyweight belt to Victor Darchinyan in a unification fight on Feb 7 in Anaheim, Calif. Arce, with a record of 51-5-1 with 39 KOs, lives and trains in Los Mochis, Mexico. Lumacad, 19-1-2, 7 KOs, is from Metro Manila, Philippines. There will be 4 bouts on the Latin Fury 9 PPV telecast. Russian Olympian Matt Korobov, who won his 6th pro fight this past weekend on the Cotto vs Clottey card at Madison Square Garden, is now training in New Jersey. Korobov, a middleweight, will box 4 rounds on the undercard at the Boardwalk Hall on June 27.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is headed to Portland for the first time ever and it’s bringing a couple of true heavyweight heroes. Mixed martial arts legends and former UFC champions Randy “The Natural” Couture and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira will face off for the first time in their storied careers at UFC 102: COUTURE vs. NOGUEIRA, live from Portland, Oregon’s Rose Garden on Saturday, August 29, 2009. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero headlines in his first pay-per-view main event Friday night, headlining the “Boxing’s Future Champions” pay-per-view card in front of his passionate hometown fans at Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. “Boxing’s Future Champions,” presented by Prize Fight Boxing, will air on PPV at www.PrizeFightTV.com, starting at 8 PM/ET, for only $4.95. “We’re excited to launch this series and bring world-class boxing to diehard fans all over,” promoter Brian Young said. “For a nominal fee fans can watch a first-class production featuring tomorrow’s champions today. We have six unbeaten fighters, including two former International amateur champions, and two pairs of brothers on this card.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
A renowned Filipino boxing figure told Fightnews on Monday that Manny Pacquiao deserves the lion’s share of the money in the event a proposed fight with Miguel Cotto is penciled for Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Rudy Salud, who crafted the by-laws of the World Boxing Council (WBC), also stressed that the Filipino pound-for-pound king will easily dispatch the rugged Puerto Rican “provided that they fight at a catch weight of 143 or 144 lbs.” (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
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WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev held a press conference today in advance of their fight on June 20th at the Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Wladimir Klitschko: “It’s sad that David cannot compete. However, I’m looking into the future and forward to fighting against Ruslan. He is WBA Champion, very experienced and a tough challenger. For my preparation, I had to change my sparring partners from orthodox to southpaw.“
Ruslan Chagaev: “Last week my fight against Valuev was cancelled. Now I am fighting against Wladimir Klitschko in front of 60.000 spectators. I am looking forward to the arena in Schalke, the crowd as well as Klitschko’s three belts which I will take home with me. I have no fear of Wladimir. I’m also a world champion, not only him. I’ve always said I would box against anyone. The size difference doesn’t bother me. That’s Wladimir’s problem because I have already defeated a big boxer in Valuev. (more…)
OPI 2000 headed by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi were in New York City yesterday to sign undefeated welterweight prospect Phil Lo Greco (17-0, 9 KOs). Lo Greco’s first fight under the OPI 2000 banner will be announced soon.
WBA super lightweight Andreas Kotelnik’s world title defense against Amir Khan’s will now take place at the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena on July 18.The bout was originally scheduled to take place in London on June 27, but because Kotelnik suffered a minor injury and tooth infection the bout had to be postponed. The postponement means the London’s O2 Arena cannot stage the big fight. Michael Jackson has the O2 Arena that night and is performing. However, the M.E.N Arena, host to so many big UK fights nights in the past, have come to Khan’s rescue and have rearranged things to host Khan’s first world title challenge at the scene of his fifth round victory over Mexican legend, Marco Antonio Barrera in March. Fans who have purchased tickets for the fight at the O2 Arena are asked to return them to their point of purchase only in order to exchange them for identical tickets for the new date at the MEN Arena or receive a full refund.
By Bob Logist/EBU President
This year, and for the very first time since 1948, the EBU General Assembly was held in Italy, in the pearl of Sardinia the beautiful city of Alghero. More than 80 delegates, promoters and managers from 38 different European countries were attending the meeting. As usual it was a great and a profitable get together. This year the local federation was not in charge of the organization, it was a personal idea of Salvatore Cherchi and we all could appreciate his sense of hospitality. For the year 2008 the awards for the best EBU championships promoters went to Sauerland Events and to Frank Maloney Promotions. The award for the best EU championships promoter to OPI 2000 Salvatore Cherchi , the award for the best EE-EU championships promoter to Yuri Ruban from Union Boxing Ukraine. The award for the fight of the year was for the fight between Rafal Jackievicz and Jan Zaveck. Rendall Monroe received the award for the best boxer 2008.
By Johnny B’
A show in Tinley Park Illinois found Promoter Octavius James’ One in a Million Promotions having to deal with the main event of middleweights Michael Walker vs. Orphius Waite having to be scratched. Walker was severely dehydrated on the day of the weigh-in and was required to go to the hospital so that his fluids could be replenished. In the action that did take place, welterweight Edward Ochoa moved to 9-0 as he decisioned Jessie Davis over six rounds. Judges’ scores were Patrick Morley 59-54, John McCarthy 58-55 and Emily Cain 58-56. Referee Gerry Scott handled the bout.
Other results were, junior welterweight Angel Hernandez winning a majority decision over Guadalupe Diaz in a six round bout….referee Scott stopped a bout in favor of lightweight Jose Guzman giving him a TKO 4 win over Bobby Jaskierny….Chicago Heights junior middleweight Meegal Harper KO’d fellow middleweight Scott Wilson as referee Scott halted the bout at 2:14 of the first round. Referee John O’brien halted the bout where Josh Crouch KO’d Joshua Rodriguez in the third of a scheduled four round middleweight contest.
By Boxing Bob Newman
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In terms of weather, one couldn’t ask for a more glorious day on which to witness the enshrinement of boxing immortals at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. 2009 marks 20 years since the first induction back in 1989, and how special it was to see three deserving modern greats, Lennox Lewis, Orlando Canizales and Brian Mitchell earn their place among the lords of the ring. Not to be overlooked, among the nonparticipants being inducted this year were HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant, journalist Hugh McIlvenney, promoter Akihiko Honda and matchmaker/publicist Bobby Goodman. (more…)
By Mark Vaz at ringside
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports returned to Memorial Hall in downtown Plymouth , Massachusetts with a highly entertaining Pro/Am show this past Friday titled “Brawl at the Hall!” The main event featured CES prospect Chris Traietti from nearby Quincy , MA returning to the ring after a sixteen month layoff. Testing the waters in MMA during his hiatus, the multi-time New England amateur champ and high school wrestler took a 7-1 record into the six-round light heavyweight main event versus the tough Shawn Kirk (4-3, 2 KOs) from Lexington, KY. (More)
By Joe Koizumi
Former WBA flyweight champ Takefumi Sakata (34-5-2, 15 KOs), 114.75, returned to action after his forfeiture of the WBA 112-pound belt via second round annihilation by Thailander Denkaosen Kaowichit on the last day of the previous year, and pounded out a unanimous decision (97-94, 99-92 and 99-91) over Korean titlist Jinman Jun, 115, over ten on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Sakata made a slow start as usual, but finished warming up his engine in the fourth and swept all rounds thereafter by battering the durable Korean upstairs and downstairs. Sakata says, “I’ll try to win back the world belt either in the 112-pound or 115-pound category.” Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.
“We’re very proud to be working with Peter as he works his way up the middleweight rankings towards a championship bout. He’s been a world class fighter for a long time and we’re very happy to add him to our growing stable of outstanding talent” said Koerner . . . Click here for more
Story by Brady Crytzer
On Saturday, June 20th the Ultimate Fighting Championship offers up some much needed closure in the ongoing battle between the USA and UK at live finale of The Ultimate Fighter 9 live of SpikeTV. Against the backdrop of the Trans-Atlantic slugfest lays a cast of some of the UFC most promising talent, veterans and newcomers alike. Amongst the undercard bouts is the highly anticipated welterweight clash between the all-action slugger Chris Lytle and Iowa native Kevin Burns. Though he is coming off of his first UFC loss, Burns is confident that his Octagon future is still a bright one. . . . Click here for more
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