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Wilfried Sauerland is convinced that undefeated IBF Middleweight Champion King Arthur Abraham will not have any problems to make the weight for his 10th title defense. The 29-year-old (29-0, 23 KOs) takes on Mahir Oral (25-1, 10 KOs) in Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Halle on Saturday night. Prior to his last fights, Abraham was forced to lose a lot of pounds during the week of the fight – but not this time out. “I was a little worried that Arthur could face some problems again,” Sauerland said. “But he has really watched his weight and he is already close to the limit. I am sure he will make a great fight on Saturday.” (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and seven-foot WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev could collide later this year. The “Russian Giant” told the news agency RIA Novosti that in a personal conversation he and Vitali have agreed to meet in the ring. “I have reached an agreement with Klitschko and we really want to meet,” said Niko. “We’ve talked about the end of September or the beginning of October.“
Valuev has now confirmed the report. “It is true,” he stated. “We want to make it happen.” Manager Wilfried Sauerland added, “I know of a phone conversation between Niko and Vitali. That is why I spoke to Vitali about a potential fight when I met him last weekend at Boris Becker´s wedding. I will get in touch with Vitali in the next days.”
By Lee Bates
In a battle of lightweight KO artists, unbeaten Breidis Prescott of Colombia (21-0, 18 KOs) will take on Sugar Ray Narh of Ghana (22-1, 19 KOs) on July 17th in Las Vegas. The bout will air on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series and be promoted by DeCubas Inc. Prescott is the more known of the two fighters as he went into England last September and knocked out the hometown hero and then-unbeaten Amir Khan in less than one round. Fireworks seem guaranteed as between them Prescott and Narh have produced 37 KOs in 44 bouts. Add to that each are extremely tall for lightweights, Prescott 5’11 and Narh 5’10. Also in a televised bout on the card will be two time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (1-0, 1 KO) against an opponent soon to be announced.
By Alexey Sukachev
Sydney Olympics welterweight gold medalist Mohamad Abdulaev (16-3, 12 KOs) looked predictably rusty after three and a half years of hiatus, but still scored a six-round unanimous decision over Russian journeyman Sergey Starkov (16-53-2, 2 KOs) yesterday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This bout, fought at junior middleweight limit, headlined a small card, promoted by Favzul Munavvar boxing club. Abdulaev, now 35, is best known for his loss to Miguel Cotto in a rematch of their earlier collision at Olympic competition.
On July 16th former light heavyweight title challenger, David Telesco (29-6-1, 24 KOs) will once again step inside the squared circle under the Star Boxing banner when he takes on William Gill (9-23, 7 KOs) in an eight round light heavyweight affair. The card is being held at the Hilton Rye Town hotel, located in the New York City suburb of Rye, NY, and is ten minutes east of White Plains, NY in Westchester County. Telesco has been in- active since 2005. The undercard will be announced shortly. For tickets($40-$100) call 718-823-2000.
By Rick Scharmberg
Lajuan Simon (21-1-2, 12 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Sebastian “Hurricane” Sylvester (30-3, 15 KOs), of Greifswald, Germany will face off Saturday in a twelve round IBF middleweight eliminator at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. Simon, ranked #10 by the IBF, and Sylvester, ranked #5, will battle for the vacant #2-spot in the IBF rankings. The shot is a reward of sorts for Simon, who fought tooth and nail with IBF world champion Arthur Abraham in a title challenge last March, only to lose a lopsided decision. Many neutral observers felt that Simon deserved perhaps a draw. Sylvester dropped a decision to Felix Sturm in a WBA title challenge last November, but bounced back to win the IBF International title in his next bout.(More.)
WBO World Jr. Featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez arrived in New York City on Tuesday night for a press conference with undefeated challenger Olivier Lontchi. They collide in “Latin Fury 9″ on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City. Top Rank promotes this Pay-Per-View televised event in association with Caesars Atlantic City.
By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel `Juanma` Lopez (25-0, 23 KOs) and his challenger Olivier Lontchi (18-0-2, 8 KOs) both easily made the minimum requirement for their 7 day pre-weigh in on Friday, June 19th. Lopez and Lontchi each weighed in at 124 pounds, which is just 2 pounds over the weight limit for their official weigh-in next Friday. The Top Rank & PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Lopez, who will headline his first PPV when he defends against Lontchi on Saturday June 27th at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. (more…)
In the biggest, most significant boxing event in the history of the Coachella Valley, the talented, undefeated local favorite Bradley will get the toughest fight of his career when he defends his WBO 140 pound title against the hard hitting, always dangerous Campbell, a former unified lightweight champion, on Saturday, Aug 1, at the The Show at Agua Caliente Casino/Resort/Spa in Rancho Mirage live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Bradley and Campbell faced off Tuesday at Aqua Caliente. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Referee Raul Caiz Jr. from US will be the third man in the ring when the French challenger Mahyar Monshipour (31-3-2, 21 KOs) and Panamanian reigning champion, Anselmo Moreno (25-1-1, 8 KOs) fight for the WBA bantamweight title at Parc des expositions, Poitiers, Vienne, France on July 4. The three judges are Erki Meronen (Finland), Nelson Vazquez (Puerto Rico) and Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa). The fight supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento from Venezuela.
By Brady Crytzer
41 wins. No losses. Former IBF world lightweight champion Paul Spadafora returns to the ring on Wednesday, June 24th to continue what he believes to be his long road back to the top of the sport. Scheduled to meet Ivan Bustos at the I.C. Light Amphitheater in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, Spadafora is anxious to add to the winning legacy of “The City of Champions.” In the company of both Superbowl and Stanley Cup titles, “The Pittsburgh Kid” can hardly wait to once again be the talk of the Steel City and regain his place atop the boxing world.(More)
Two time heavyweight world title challenger Fres Oquendo (29-5, 18 KOs) will now face New Jersey native Mark Brown (15-1, 7 KOs) for the WBC Latino Heavyweight Title this Friday night in the ten round main event at the seven bout at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. Said Pesoli, “There was an issue with his original opponent, Gonzalo Omar Basile getting into the United States from Argentina . Brown is a very tough, heavy handed, heavyweight from New Jersey . He’s won eight in a row and had three knockouts in 2008. He’s coming to fight and I know Fres wants to put on a great performance for the fans so it should be a very good battle.” Advance tickets start at $31. Call 312-226-5800.
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…)
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