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By Francisco Salazar
As first reported by Fightnews.com last week, lightweights Sharif Bogere and Francisco Contreras will square off in a battle of unbeaten lightweights. Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez reached out to Fightnews.com late last week to announce that the date of the fight, which was originally scheduled for October 14th, has been moved to October 7th. Although a venue or city have not been announced, Gomez is holding out hope that the card will land somewhere in Southern California and will be most likely televised on “ShoBox: the New Generation.” In his last fight in May, Bogere (20-0, 12 KO’s) won a close and debatable 10 round unanimous decision over Raymundo Beltran. Contreras (16-0, 13 KO’s) was victorious in his last bout in March, a six round unanimous decision over Adolfo Landeros. Contreras is managed by Cameron Dunkin, Bogere is managed by Ralph Heredia and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
By Ricardo Conde
Fightnews.com sat down with Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs) of Anaheim, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, to talk to him about his upcoming fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) also of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, that takes place on Saturday September 17th at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California as part of the split-site HBO Pay-Per-View telecast that features the return of arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs), here’s what he had to say:
In what has become a common story from rising Philadelphia fighters, 25-year-old Gabriel Rosado, like undefeated 28-year-old welterweight Mike Jones, credits ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins for being a helpful influence. Rosado, who boxes Keenan Collins, of Reading, PA, for the Pennsylvania State junior middleweight title Sept. 9 at the Asylum Arena in South Philadelphia, also has helped Hopkins, who became, at age 46, the oldest man to win a major boxing title, prepare for some of his fights.
“I’ve been a sparring partner for Bernard for four of his fights, including his last win,” (a 12-round decision over Jean Pascal in May), said Rosado, who turned pro in 2006 after just 17 amateur fights. “If Bernard sees potential in you, he takes the time to break things down for you. He shares his boxing techniques and old-school traits with you. He has improved my footwork and has shown me how to close the distance between myself and my opponents. He has made a big difference in my career and I’m impressed watching him fight at 46. He’s the coolest dude.” (more…)
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
As Grover Young dropped to the canvas from a left hook to the head, light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev thought that he had just racked up another victory. Instead of scoring his fifth consecutive knockout in a span of about five and a half months, Kovalev walked out of the ring in disgust that an unwarranted draw is on his record . . . Click here for more
WBC World Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz is now the spokesman for an underwear site called Freshpair.com — and as part of the deal, the 24-year-old agreed to model some of his favorite undies. He let it all hang out in a SUPER-REVEALING underwear photo shoot … and TMZ has the pics.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Baja Boxing
Tijuana world ranked bantamweight David “Morita” De La Mora (23-0, 16KOs) offered a public work out last Friday in Tokyo, Japan, in anticipation of his challenge of hometown favorite Koki Kameda (25-1, 16KOs) for the WBA 118 lbs. title. The twelve-round championship fight will be mark Kameda’s second defense of the title he captured by defeating Alexander Muñoz via unanimous decision in December of 2010. He defended it for the first time last May with a knock out victory over Daniel Diaz in eleven rounds.
The bout will take place on Wednesday, August 31st, at the Nihon Budokan in Tokyo and will support the WBA super flyweight defense of Mexican Hugo Cazarez (35-6-2, 25KOs) versus Tomonobu Shimizu (18-3-1, 9KOs). (more…)
By Robert Coster
Unbeaten, Dominican-based Venezuelan jr middleweight WBA #12 Jean Carlos Prada (25-0-1, 18 KOs) will be facing the sternest test of his young career when he battles Dominican national champion David Toribio (19-12,12 KOs) next Monday, Sept. 5th in Santo Domingo.
Toribio who lived for extended periods in the United States, has fought the likes of Sergio Martinez, James Kirkland and Marco Antonio Rubio. Returning to the Dominican Republic, he spoiled the unbeaten record of local prospect Melvin Betancourt (then 20-0) with an eighth round TKO in December of 2010. He can also claim a victory over prospect Ishmail Arvin who was 14-0 before their fight. Clearly relishing his spoiler status, the very confident Toribio says “Prada is going to be in a real fight for the first time in his life. I will be the teacher and he will be the student.” (more…)
Heavyweight Deontay Wilder moved to 18-0, 18 KOs after a second round stoppage of Dominique Alexander (20-12-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Water Oaks Farm Arena in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Wilder is the 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist, the only U.S. boxer to win a medal at the Beijing games.
Michael Gibbons D4 Mario Lacey (lightweight)
Gundrick King TKO3 Anthony Middlebrooks (jr middle)
Keandrae Leatherwood W4 Jeremie Parks (super middle)
Ray Ray Bryant TKO1 John Harcraw (jr lightweight)
Due to travel interruptions caused by Hurricane Irene, the press conference announcing the voluminous findings of a ten-month investigation into the death of boxing legend Arturo Gatti has been moved to Wednesday, September 7. Internationally renowned private investigators Paul Ciolino of Chicago and Joseph Moura of Boston have been hired by Gatti’s manager Pat Lynch to investigate Gatti’s death. The three-time world champion Gatti was found dead in his rented vacation apartment in Brazil on July 11, 2009 at the age of 37. Brazilian police arrested Gatti’s wife Amanda Rodrigues, only to release her three weeks later. The Brazilian authorities have ruled Gatti’s death a suicide. A number of medical and scientific expert witnesses from across the country will also make brief presentations which organizers say will conclusively lay to rest the mystery surrounding Gatti’s cause of death
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In the main event of the evening, an accidental headbutt ended action at 1:31 of the second round of a cruiserweight contest between Sergey Kovalev (15-0-1) and Grocer Young (5-4-1). Young went down hard from the headbutt and was eventually carried out on a stretcher in front of a stunned capacity crowd at The Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills adjacent to Beverly Hills, California. The result was a technical draw.
In opening action, a scheduled four round super middleweight contest, William Brown (5-4) outworked debuting Blake Radio (0-1) to win a unanimous decision by scores of 40-35 on all three judges scorecards. more photos
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Junior featherweight Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (18-0, 14 KOs) will be fighting on September 10 against multi-time world title challenger Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (28-6, 13 KOs) on the undercard of Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon to be held in Atlantic City. It will be the first fight for Cruz under the Top Rank banner after signing a four-year contract.
By Travis Landon
Coming off of a year-and-a-half layoff, McDermitt, NV’s Derek Hinkey (9-2, 8 KOs) overwhelmed Anthony Bartinelli (20-15, 13 KOs) in the second round of their six round middleweight main event in Fallon, NV. Hinkey came out and dominated from the beginning knocking Bartinelli down with a left hook midway through the first round. Bartinelli got up on shaky legs and made it through the round. In the second round Hinkey suffered a low blow that made him open up and land a barrage of punches that prompted referee Vic Drakulich to stop the bout at 1:41. Bartinelli argued with Drakulich afterwards and had to be restrained.
Also on the card, super middleweight Roger Romo (4-0-2) won a four round decision against Thomas Haines (5-7) by the scores of 40-36 on all cards. Romo is the younger brother of Fernando Vargas.
This was the fourth installment of Rural Rumble put on by the City of Fallon, NV and Lets Get It On Promotions.
After his brutal knockout loss to heavyweight contender Robert Helenius on Saturday night in Erfurt, Germany, former heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich was taken to a local emergency room in the early morning hours where a CT scan revealed that his nose had been broken in two places during the bout. Gasping for breath from early in the third round when the first fracture occurred, until the fight was stopped in the ninth by veteran referee Stanley Christodoulu, Liakhovich suffered fractures of the bones located high up on the bridge of both the right and left sides of his nose. (more…)
Photos: Photo Wende & Winfried Mausolf
Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KOs) is the new WBA Heavyweight Champion after clinching a unanimous points victory over Ruslan Chagaev (27-2-1, 17 KOs). The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner was ahead 117-113, 117-113 and 116-112 after twelve hard-fought rounds. “It was a very tough fight,” Povetkin said afterwards. “I am very happy that I won. This is for my father, who died last year and always wanted me to be world champion.” (more…)
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