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After a monstrous opening sale, less than 1,000 tickets remain at the 16,200-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena for Top Rank’s ‘FirePower’ Pay Per View featuring Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto. All of the 9,000 seats at $150, $350 and $500 are completely sold out. The available seats are at the $1,000 and $750 price categories. Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, was elated with the huge response. “We are looking forward to making Pacquiao vs Cotto as one of the greatest box office and Pay Per View successes of all-time,” he said. Pacquiao vs. Cotto is scheduled November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Cotto ‘FirePower’ will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Ken Reinsfield guides the career of world heavyweight contender Shane Cameron who will clash with David Tua on October 3rd in New Zealand in what will be the biggest fight in New Zealand boxing history. Fightnews talks with Ken who explains about his special relationship with Shane, how difficult it was to make the Tua vs Cameron fight happen, why Cameron deserves to be favorite and the advice Mike Tyson gave him when he worked as a sparring partner to the former unified world heavyweight title holder. (more…)
Cecilia Braekhus is looking forward to her first professional fight in Denmark as she prepares for her September 12 clash with Lucia Morelli. The First Lady, unbeaten in 12 bouts (2 KOs), is thrilled to be a part of Team Sauerland´s fight night in Herning. “I cannot box in Norway, so this is probably about as close as I will get to home,” she said with her trademark smile. “I am really excited to fight in Herning. I have a lot of friends in Denmark and I really want to put on a good show.” (more…)
Undefeated Canadian welterweight contender Phil Lo Greco (17-0, 9 KOs) will make his debut for his new Italian promoters OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) on Saturday in Budapest against Frenchman Sebastian Spengler (14-9-2, 4 KOs). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.
By Alexey Sukachev
Following his impressive performance against tough Nigerian Eromosele Albert last Saturday, Russian junior middleweight Zaurbek Baysangurov (22-1, 16 KOs) was highly praised by Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov. Baysangurov, who retained his WBA Intercontinental title during his shutout victory, was awarded with new apartments in the centre of Grozny and was also decorated with the highest national honor, i.e. the order of Ahmad Kadyrov, former Chechen president and the late father of Ramzan Kadyrov. The winning fighter, who is promoted by K2 East Promotions, was also given a huge bonus paycheck of $300,000 by Moscow businessmen Ruslan Baysarov. Both Kadyrov and Wladimir Klitschko witnessed Zaurbek’s win at ringside on Saturday night.
Former unified lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz takes on former 140-pound world titleholder Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi on Saturday in the headliner at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The co-featured bout sees IBF junior lightweight world champion Malcolm Klassen challenged by heavy-handed Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero as he looks for a world title in a second weight class. Opening up the nationally televised portion of the card is unbeaten rising middleweight star Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs against ‘Contender’ alumnus Ishe Smith. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Reports from the New South Wales government in Australia today are indicating that the proposed IBO cruiserweight title fight between Australian Danny Green and Roy Jones Jr will be held in Sydney on November 21st. It was widely expected that Ethiad Stadium in Melbourne was a front runner to hold the bout with a capacity of 50,000 that would accommodate Australia’s biggest and most anticipated fight ever. However, the NSW premier Nathan Ress confirmed today, “This is the biggest fight in Australian boxing history and we will be arranging a huge spectacle for the people of the country. After such a great win in the USA I am sure the people of Australia want to get behind Danny Green in a fight that all of us want to see. We will be planning a number of big events in the build up to the fight that will beam Australia all around the globe.” Many people expect a live gate in excess of 40,000 for the bout and Sydney possesses a number of relevant venues with the Sydney Football Stadium holding 45,000 and Stadium Australia, which was built for the 2000 Olympics, holds a capacity of 83,000 fans. Either would be the preferred option in the city.
By Jose Reyes
Little Rock, Arkansas lightweight prospect “The One” Rashad Ganaway (10-1-1, 7 KOs) will face unbeaten lightweight prospect Mickey Bey (12-0, 7 KOs) in a scheduled 8 round bout on the Golden Boy Promotion: Juan Diaz vs Paul Malignagi undercard Saturday, August 22nd at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Ganaway has been on a steady climb on the win column after turning pro late in January 2008. Despite Rashad’s impressive amateur record (Rashad amassed a record of 280-23) and multiple trips to national tournaments, his amateur career wasn’t laced with awards and national titles, which is why Rashad intends to make up for it as a pro. What makes Rashad more than a blip on the radar in boxing in the thick lightweight division is his lightning quick speed and explosive firepower. Read on to get to know more about this up and coming lightweight prospect who will be taking on his toughest assignment to date when he faces Mickey Bey. (more…)
By Brady Crytzer; photos by Gary Sarti
Following four exciting rounds of action Friday evening at the Pullman Park in Butler, PA, the contest for the vacant NABO heavyweight title between Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-2, 21 KOs) and Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes (31-1-2, 27 KOs) was waved off due to an accidental headbutt which opened a cut over the left eye of Minto. After reviewing the scorecards, Minto was awarded a technical decision. (More)
By Marty Rosengarten
Top Rank today won a purse bid to promote the WBA super welterweight championship defense of Daniel Santos against mandatory challenger Yuri Foreman at the WBA office in Panama City, Panama. Top Rank’s Carl Moretti presented the winning (and only) bid of $165,000. Possible dates and sites are November 14th on the Pacquiao-Cotto super card in Las Vegas, or December 5th in either New York City or Atlantic City.
The attractive clash between between WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs) and WBO interim jr middleweight champ Paul “The Punisher” Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) in Atlantic City, NJ, has been postponed due to a Pavlik hand injury. Kelly suffered an injury to the middle knuckle of his left hand while training. As a result, the bout will be have to be rescheduled from October 3 to possibly November 21 or early December. Stay tuned…
Junior middleweight contenders “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs) and Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs) will meet in the co-feature on the big Chad Dawson-Glenn Johnson II card in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 7. Both bouts will be televised on HBO.
Two-time world champion Jesus Chavez has commented on his September 26th fight against former lightweight world champion David Diaz at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Although Chavez grew up in Chicago and was an amateur star there, he has never fought in the WIndy City as a pro. “It means a great deal for me to finally fight in my hometown of Chicago,” said Chavez, now an Austin, Texas resident. “I have a lot of friends and family back home and it’s going to be a special night for me to fight there. I’ve known David since we were kids; we grew up in the amateurs together. There’s a mutual respect for each other but once the bell rings we both have to take care of business. It’s a great fight for the Chicago sports fans.” Chavez, who has had second thoughts after retiring following a TKO loss to Michael Katsidis in April, has been preparing for the bout in Austin with longtime trainer Fernando Castrejon. For Diaz it will be his comeback fight after losing his title to Manny Pacquiao in June 2008.
A press conference was held today in Budapest Hungary for Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” world title twinbill on Saturday. Speaking to the media were local hero WBO super middleweight champion Karoly “Hitter“ Balzsay (21-0, 15 KOs) and his challenger Robert Stieglitz (35-2, 21 KOs) plus the participants in the just announced and hastily arranged WBO interim light heavyweight world title clash between European light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (33-2, 27 KOs) and unbeaten Aleksy Kuziemski (17-0, 4 KOs). (more…)
Now it’s official. At Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night“ in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, two world championship fights will be the highlight for the boxing fans with additional title bouts scheduled. In the headliner, European light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer of Germany will get his second shot for a world title when he faces his unbeaten Universum stablemate Aleksy Kuziemski of Poland. It will be a clash for the WBO Interim world championship at light heavyweight. In the second world title bout, unbeaten WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay will make his second defense of his WBO belt, this time in his native country of Hungary. Perfectly prepared for this challenge by his coach Firtz Sdunek and highly motivated, the 29-year-old Balzsay takes on Robert Stieglitz of Germany. (More to come)
Unbeaten super featherweight Humberto “Betilllo”Gutierrez (25-1-1, 19 KOs) will take on WBC #1 rated Sergey Gulyakevitch (26-1, 12 KOs) for the WBC interim 130lb title on Saturday at the Auduitorio Municipal in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
In the co-feature will be the third clash in the trilogy between IBF minimumweight champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia (26-0-1, 16 KOs) against Sammy Gutierrez (21-4-2, 12 KOs). In the first two confrontations, “Rayito” came out with a split decision win and a draw. (more…)
On Tuesday (8/18) former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will meet fans and sign copies of Tyson, available on DVD and Blu-ray, at Borders located at Sunset & Vine in Hollywood, California. Borders Hollywood will begin distributing priority event wristbands with the purchase of the Tyson DVD when the store opens at 10am. Tyson is scheduled to be there between 7-8PM. Joining Mike will be Oscar-nominated writer James Toback, who directed “Tyson.”
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photos by Mary Ann Owen
Before a packed house of 1,838 fight fans at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nonito Donaire boxed, danced, and, when necessary, traded bombs with the very determined, yet overmatched, Rafael Concepcion.
Donaire (22-1, 14 KOs), was the heavy favorite coming into the fight, but gave up a significant weight advantage to Concepcion, as well as a hand injured in the fight, in securing the victory . . . Click here for full report & gallery
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world super middleweight challenger Sam “King” Soliman (35-11, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round knock out over Thailands Sintung Kietbusaba (11-6, 10 KOs) at the Peninsula, Shed 14 Central Pier in Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Sunday to capture the IBF and IBO Regional titles. Soliman dominated his opponent dropping in round four and twice in round seven and referee Malcolm Bulner crowned the Australian at one minute forty-seconds. This is Soliman’s first fight since dropping a controversial decision to Anthony Mundine in a WBA 168 pound challenge in 2008. Punch stats later revealed that Soliman had outscored Mundine in their twelve round bout. (more…)
Report by Damien St. Pierre
Photos by Scott Foster
After thrilling the crowd at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., outhooking Jeff Lacy in the headline bout of “Hook City,” Roy Jones, Jr. kept up the entertainment at the almost-cancelled, yet well -attended post fight press conference.
“Captain Hook” talked about his win over Lacy . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Before a near-capacity crowd at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo., local favorite, jr. middleweight Elco “the Animal” Garcia (22-7, 11 KOs) scored his second straight kayo with a fourth round stoppage over El Paso’s Bernardo Guereca (15-8-1, 3 KOs). Guereca was unable to answer the fourth round bell due to a dislocated shoulder. In a four-round heavyweight bout, Bloomfield NM’s Reginald Jackson (1-0, 1 KO) made his debut a successful one with a first round TKO (:38); over Mark Trumble (0-2), of Denver; In a four-rounder of jr. welter debuters, Bloomfield’s Servando Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) TKO’d Denver’s Brian Anderson (0-1) at 1:25 of round one; At 120 lbs., Albuquerque’s Randy “Savage” Arrellin (2-1, 1 KO) TKO’d debuting Aaron Fernandez (0-1), of Bloomfield at 1:28 of the second; and, in a female featherweight fight, Albuquerque debuter Serena Pino (1-0) won a split decision over Santa Fe’s Clare De La Torre (1-7-1, 1 KO). Stay tuned for a detailed report later today.
TKO Boxing Promotions Promotions has signed Florida amateur standout Joseph Elegele, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, it’s president. “We’ve watched Joseph in the amateurs for a long time and he has all the skills to become a world champion. We’re very proud to add him to our growing team of international contenders and world class prospects” said Koerner. . . . . click here for more
By Lee Bates
In a closely contested bout, Juan Carlos Reveco (21-1, 11 KOs) of Argentina defeated Francisco Rosas (20-7-2, 12 KOs) of Mexico to win the interim WBA World light flyweight title. The bout took place at the Palacio Municipal in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Rosas was very aggressive for most of the fight but Reveco circled and countered the aggression very well. Reveco seemed a bit fresher down the stretch and turned very aggressive in round twelve landing several flush shots. In the end the judges had it 115-113 twice for Reveco while the third judge had it 116-112 for Rosas. No knockdowns were scored in the bout.
By Drew Amendola at ringside
In a clash of former world champions known for their left hooks, Roy “Captain Hook” Jones, Jr. (54-5, 40 KOs) schooled Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-3, 17 KOs) over ten one-sided rounds on Saturday night at the MS Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi. An extremely sharp Jones methodically battered Lacy, becoming more dominant as the bout progressed. Over the last few rounds Jones landed almost at will. Lacy’s corner mercifully halted the fight after round ten of the scheduled twelve. It was the first time anyone had ever stopped the durable Lacy. The bout was delayed approximately 30 minutes when the Jones and Lacy camps had a disagreement about the gloves. They both ended up wearing Everlast gloves.
In a clash for the vacant IBO cruiserweight title, two-time world champion Danny “Green Machine” Green (27-3, 24 KOs) set up a possible bout in Australia against Roy Jones Jr. with a fifth round KO against Julio Cesar “La Furia” Dominguez (20-5-1, 14 KOs). Green floored Dominguez in round five and then finished him moments later. Time was 2:53.
Unbeaten BJ “El Peligrosso” Flores (24-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of Epifanio “Diamante” Mendoza (29-8-1, 25 KOs) after Mendoza suffered a shoulder injury and couldn’t continue. WBO #3/WBA #6/WBC #11/IBF #11 Flores was in command before the injury. Time was 1:19.
Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (25-2, 21 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over Verquan Kimbrough (21-2-2, 7 KOs). The bout was all Litzau as he pummeled Kimbrough from the opening bell.
Super lightweight “Sugar” Ray Narh (23-1, 20 KOs) dominated journeyman Marteze “Too Sweet” Logan (26-38-2, 6 KOs), dropping him twice in round five to end it. Time was 1:21.
Heavyweight Lenroy “TNT” Thomas moved to 13-1 with 8 KOs after a six-round shutout over 355lb Gabe “Big G” Brown (18-11-4, 12 KOs). Scores were 60-54 across the board.
Australian light heavyweight Daniel “Biff” Baff (11-1-1, 10 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Shannon “Trouble” Miller (24-45-8, 18 KOs).
By Rocco Morales at ringside
In a clash for the vacant WBA interim super flyweight title, former IBF flyweight champion Nonito Donaire (22-1, 14 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over ex-interim king Rafael Concepcion (13-4-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. Concepcion was unable to win the title as he weighed-in four-and-a-half pounds heavy (actually at super bantamweight poundage). The difference in power was evident as Concepcion stalked Donaire. Donaire, however, landed many bombs of his own and showed a little more as he won 117-111, 115-113, 116-112.
WBO world featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs) retained his title by disqualification when WBO #1 contender Bernabe Concepcion (29-2-1, 17 KOs) hit him after the bell to end round seven. Concepcion surprisingly applied little pressure allowing Luevano to control the pace and do what he does best: counterpunch. The bout ended when Concepcion floored Luevano with a big right hand clearly after the bell. Luevano was down for several minutes.
In a good action fight, unbeaten WBC #2/IBF #6/WBO #9 Anthony Peterson (28-0, 19 KOs) won a harder than expected ten round unanimous decision over a motivated Luis “Vampiro” Arceo (22-8-2, 15 KOs). Scores were 98-92, 99-91, 97-93.
Highly regarded welterweight Mark Melligen (16-1, 12 KOs) impressively broke down veteran Ernesto Zepeda (39-13-4, 32 KOs) finally flooring the bloodied but game Zepeda in round four just as referee Joe Cortez stepped in to stop the bout. Time was 2:40.
By Dmitry Mikhalchuk and Alexey Sukachev
Top Russian junior middleweight Zaurbek Baysangurov (WBA #10 and WBC #14) scored one of the biggest wins in his pro career moments ago at Dynamo Palace of Sports in Chechen capital of Grozny, Russia. The Chechen native (now 22-1, 16 KOs) used his usual enforcer-style to outslug and overpower tough but limited Nigerian Eromosele Albert (22-3-1, 10 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds. Baysangurov, 24, was just too strong and too rugged for his eleven-year older opponent, who found no keys to his foe’s constant pressure. Albert fought on even terms with Zaurbek for the first three rounds but then the Chechen fighter, promoted by K2 East promotions, began to break him down both physically and mentally. The fight turned out to be foul-filled in the latter rounds but referee Mikael Hook deducted no points from the fighters. All three judges’ scorecards were unanimous in favour of the local fighter: 119-109 (twice) and 120-108. Fightnews saw it a bit closer 118-110. With the win Baysangurov, who was embraced by both Wladimir Klitschko and Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov before and after the fight, retained his WBA Intercontinental belt for the first time.
WBA #13-ranked heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (17-0, 14 KOs) continued his winning streak with a one-sided beatdown of Kazakh national champion Talgat Dosanov (13-12-1, 6 KOs). Dosanov was down three times in the second stanza, and the bout was stopped in round four after more punishment, dealt by the rapidly rising Russian banger. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
Facing difficulties in the first five rounds due to his strategy to answer his opponent’s challenge to fight in the short distance, Daud Yordan could finally performed his best skills and landed his best shots to defeat his opponent Ricky Sismundo (14-4, 5 KOs) by TKO in round ten to retain WBO Oriental featherweight title, Saturday night (8/15) at Twin Plaza Hotels, Jakarta, Indonesia. Sismundo who last month defeated Yordan’s brother, Yohannes Yordan, with a third round TKO, landed some dangerous hooks to the face in rounds four and five, staggering Yordan, currently featherweight WBO #2 and WBA #5. Yordan started coming out strong in round seven and dangerously cornered the Filipino contender, but saved by the bell. Round nine, Sismundo was hurt, and in the last two minutes of the round he was only running to avoid Yordan’s strong body punches. Sismundo then refused to stand out of his stool after the break after round nine, so the referee awarded the TKO victory in round ten to Daud “Cino” Yordan, now 25-0, 19 KOs. (more…)
By Edgar Gonzalez
Thompson Boxing Promotions presented a five-bout card at the Omega Products International in Corona, Calif. on Friday night. In the main event for the WBC/USNBC title, unbeaten Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (12-0, 6 KOs) dominated Seattle’s young prospect Jason “Young Gunz” Davis (11-4, 3 KOs) in five rounds to retain his perfect record. For more details and photos click here…
By Jesse Kelley
Matt “The Predator” Vanda (41-9, 22 KOs) had a successful test run in the super middleweight division on Friday night as he defeated game Teddy Muller (19-16-2, 9 KOs) by an 8 round decision at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, MN. Vanda out slugged Muller despite being outsized by keeping a high guard and moving in and out of reach with hard combinations to the head and particularly the body. Muller came close to matching Vanda’s punch output but had trouble getting through the colorful East Saint Paul fighters guard. Vanda looked to be in the best condition of his career as he constantly pressured Muller, smiling throughout the bout. Muller, who came out of retirement for the fight, did his best to keep pace but hit a tattooed wall by round seven as Vanda took complete control of the fight. Vanda seemed seconds away from a knockout victory in the closing moments of the fight but Muller refused to quit as both men finished the fight throwing bombs. Vanda settled for a unanimous decison win by scores of 79-74, and 80-72 twice. Vanda fought at the highest weight of his career (168) to prepare for his showdown with super middleweight Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-1) on September 26th in Minneapolis. (more…)
By Daniyar Karimzhan (ringside), Leonid Yuryev and Alexey Sukachev
WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo of Spain (19-2, 6 KOs) retained his title for the first time with a hard-fought, thrilling twelve-round unanimous decision over sensational Kazakh prospect Beibut Shumenov (8-1, 6 KOs). Shumenov, WBO #6, WBA #9 and WBC #15 175lber in the world, fighting for the major belt in his ninth fight as a pro, started the bout aggressively, throwing punches in bunches but mostly to the block of his opponent. Campillo was fighting smoothly, trying to counter the challenger from the distance and displaying savvy boxing skills in controlling the tempo. Kazakh Shumenov was visibly tired at the halfmark of the fight but dug deep to catch the second wind as the collision went on. In round nine already fatigued but yet powerful Shumenov floored the champion with a hard left to the chin. Campillo, seemingly on the brink of defeat, was able to regroup and fought back with the zeal. Championship rounds were back-and-fourth but the Spaniard solidified his position with a wicked left hook to the body that put Shumenov down early in the twelfth. At the end of the day, all three judges saw the battle in a favor of the defending titlist: 114-112, 115-111 and 114-113 – for Campillo. Fightnews saw it 113-113 a draw. All in all, an exciting two-way action and a strong effort by 25-year old Shumenov.
Up-and-coming Uzbek light heavyweight prospect Gayrat “Gerry” Akhmedov is now 12-0-1, with 8 KOs, following the second-round destruction of Kenyan import Douglas Otieno (19-3, 9 KOs). Rapidly rising Akhmedov acquired the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council light heavyweight title and an interim version of the PABA 175lb belt after this win.
Former WBO light welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley scored his second consecutive stoppage victory with the eighth-round TKO over Kenyan James Kimori (11-2, 7 KOs). Corley, who is now 35-11-1, with 21 KOs, koncked out his penultimate opponent Sidney Siqueira also in the eighth and also in Kazakhstan. Kimori was stopped for the first time in his career in his first ever bout outside of Africa.
25-year old light middleweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (9-0, 7 KOs) of Andijan, Uzbekistan, made a brilliant display of his talent with the thunderous first-round annihilation of Kenyan veteran Joseph Miyumo (30-8-5, 17 KOs).
Former Kazakh amateur standout Abzal Adambaev (1-0, 1 KO) debuted with the stoppage win over fellow Uzbek rookie Muratjan Kurbanov (0-1). The fight was halted after the third round, when Kurbanov retired on his stool.
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