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Two of the sport’s most well-rounded athletes have officially agreed to meet on August 9 in a bout that could very well determine the next bantamweight title challenger. Undefeated Joseph Benavidez of Sacramento, Calif. takes on once-beaten Dominick Cruz of San Diego, Calif. at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in a fight that already has fans buzzing. (more…)
From Salisbury, Maryland for tomorrow night’s “Boxing’s Future Champions” card televised on PrizeFightTV.com:
Fernando Guerrero 164.6 vs. Brian Norman 166
Farah Enis 167.5 vs. Bobby Jordan 168
Shawn Porter 157 vs. Brandon Wooten TBD
Dominic Wade 163.5 vs. Anthony Cannon 164.5
Alex Guerrero 190 vs. Rodrika Ray 201
Derrick Innis Jr. 154 vs. Joshua Onyango TBD
Venue: Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland
Promoter: Prize Fight Boxing
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
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Son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and WBA interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa apeared together today at a press conference in Los Angeles to announce Top Rank’s big “Latin Fury 10″ pay-per-view event, which can be seen live on July 25 from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
Weights by Bob Caico
Meacher Major 133 vs Michael Clark 135
(NABA lightweight Championship)
Nick Casal 141 vs Shad Howard 142
Kenny Abril 146 vs Sebastian Hamel 143
Guillermo Sanchez 130 1/4 vs Ron Boyd 135
(Boyd must lose a pound)
Excell Holmes 231.5 vs Damien Clement 242
Venue: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo, New York
Promoter: X-cel Worldwide
Unbeaten Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley has traveled thousands and thousands of miles for fights in the last 15 months. Now, finally, “Desert Storm” is getting a home game in the California desert when he defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Welterweight world title against former champion and dynamic puncher Nate Campbell, Saturday, August 1, live on SHOWTIME® (9p ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The scheduled 12-round world title fight will emanate from the brand-new The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., less than 10 miles from where Bradley grew up in North Palm Springs. The event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Don King Productions and Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa. Tickets go on sale July 3, at 10 a.m. (PT) and will be available for purchase online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling (800) 585-3737. (more…)
Weights by Dave Spencer
Photos: Dave Spencer
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Adrian Diaconu 173.14 vs Jean Pascal 174.14
(WBC light heavyweight championship)
Troy Ross 193.7 vs Michael Simms 199.6
David Lemieux 161.14 vs Martin Avila 161.9
Sebastien Gauthier 117.14 vs Mario Macias-Orozco 117.1
Pier-Olivier Cote 137.1 vs Jean Charlemagne 137.1
Kevin Bizier 146.11 vs Cesar Soriano 146.7
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Repeatingly there is irritating and false information about WBA world champion Ruslan Chagaev in the media. Universum Box-Promotion once again wants to point out the following: Even the Statement of the Association of Professional Ringside Physicians is obviously based on incorrect information. Universum-Physician Michael Ehnert: “The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians states that there is a “low hepatitis B viral load” in the case of Ruslan Chagaev. The facts are there has never been a proof of viruses or HBV-DNA in high sensitive PCR-tests since 2003. After achieving Hepatitis B many years ago Ruslan Chagaev has never been sick due to hepatitis B. He is just a healthy carrier of hepatitis antigen with constantly normal liver enzymes. Infection doesn’t mean illness. According to international expert opinions Ruslan Chagaev is regarded as non-infectious.” (more…)
Sensational Dominican prospects Francisco Contreras and Delvin Plascencia arrived in Baltimore on Wednesday for their pre-fight weigh-in just a day before their highly anticipated US debuts on Thursday night at the TKO BOXING Promotions BALLROOM BOXING event at Michael’s Eighth Avenue . . Click here for more
WHAT: “Boxing Future Champions” PPV professional boxing show
WHEN: Friday, June 19, 2009
WHERE: Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland
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Photos: Lawrence Lustig
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WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik and challenger Amir Khan spoke to the press today about their upcoming fight which had to be rescheduled to July 18 and moved from London to Manchester after Kotelnik damaged his teeth during a sparring session. “I am returning to the Ukraine tomorrow morning for a minor operation on one of the teeth,” said Kotelnik. “This will not affect my training and I will resume sparring within a week.” Khan stated “When I beat him, the last thing I want is people saying he beat a man with a toothache. I’m happy the fight is going ahead. That’s the main thing. I didn’t want to lose the chance for a world title.” Khan’s trainer Freddie Roach called Kotelnik’s claims ‘bull****,” and commented “You can’t have surgery and recover in two weeks – come on!”
The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) is recommending that Saturday’s heavyweight title clash between Ruslan Chagaev and Wladimir Klitschko in Gelsenkirchen, Germany be cancelled due to medical safety issues. The group says Chagaev should be banned until he can demonstrate a negative hepatitis status. Chagaev’s fight against Nikolai Valuev was called off by Finnish authorities just weeks ago because Chagaev apparently had Hepatitis B antigens present in his blood, but in Germany, where Chagaev has fought twice since being OK’d to return to the ring, Chagaev’s blood level is considered safe and as of now all systems are go for a megafight that will attract 60,000 fight fans. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Attorneys representing WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and former champion Oleg Maskaev both gave closing statements on Monday at the close of arbitration to determine if Maskaev will indeed get the next shot against Klitschko. The Maskaev camp is optimistic that a preliminary decision will be reached by tomorrow (Friday, June 19) with an explanatory statement released by the arbitrator sometime next week. “Klitschko is the one we want, the one that the WBC ordered and we are the one designated the mandatory challenger by the WBC,” said Maskaev manager Fred Kesch. Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) is coming off a defense against then mandatory challenger, Juan Carlos Gomez in March. Maskaev (36-6, 27 KOs) has won two fights since being knocked out in March of 2008 by Samuel Peter. Maskaev and Klitschko, meanwhile fought as amateurs, with Maskaev coming out the winner via early knockout.
After losing two of his last three bouts, former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli says he will walk away from boxing if he fails to beat Denis Lebedev (17-0, 12 KOs), whom he fights in a WBO eliminator bout on July 18. In an interview on Setanta Sports News, Maccarinelli said he hoped to get his career back on track following his shock defeat to Ola Afolabi in March. He said: “I was so devastated by the way I performed last time out ; it just hit me for six. I was offered a nice, easy warm up to get me back in the swing of things. Or they offered me this undefeated Russian. Basically I said ‘give me the Russian’.” Now working with new trainer Karl Ince, Maccarinelli has his sights set on a rematch with Afolabi – if he can overpower Lebedev. “All I want is Ola. That’s the only fight I want. I spoke to Frank [Warren] and this is a way to get me one step closer to Ola, quickly. If the fight can be made Frank’s the man to make it. Until I fight Ola again my boxing career isn’t going to move on. With Ola I fought well below my best. That’s the fight that I want, but first I’ve got to get past Denis Lebedev.”
By Chris Morris / Rocky Mountain Boxing
Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Pro Boxing have bought their next date and that will be August 8th at the Softball Country Arena in Denver, Colorado. This card will see Brad Jackson bouncing back from his first loss to Geoffrey Spruiell as well as Isaac Atencio’s return from his loss to Victor Villereal. Also scheduled is Nebraska’s Patrick Thompson. All bouts are against the ever dangerous TBA at this point.
Story by Gary “Digital” Williams
Some have called Fernando Guerrero one of boxing’s newest “franchise” boxers – a boxer that is very successful in his hometown. In two previous appearances, Guerrero has drawn close to capacity crowds in Salisbury, MD’s Wicomico Civic Center.
However, Guerrero’s third appearance in Salisbury – Friday, June 19 — will be very special for two reasons. This will be Guerrero’s first main event bout and his brother, Alex, will be making his pro debut . . . click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former three time world jnr middleweight challenger Troy Waters will be inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall Of Fame on October 10th at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Waters had Terry Norris on the canvas in a 1993 WBC 154 pound challenge before losing on cuts in round three in a bout that was named Ring Magazine’s Round of The Year. Waters also unsuccessfully challenged Gianfranco Rossi in 1989 for the IBF jr middleweight crown in Saint Vincent Italy (with this writer in his corner) losing a decision. He pushed Simon Brown to a majority decision ( one judge scoring a draw) in WBC title attempt in 1994. Waters began his professional career in 1984 and retired in 1998 with a record of 28 wins and five losses scoring 20 knockouts. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
Wladimir Klitschko: “He’s the best opponent you could have asked for. Ruslan is the ideal solution after the cancellation of David Haye. He is the third best boxer after my brother Vitali and myself. He holds the WBA belt. He is the true world champion as he has defeated Nikolai Valuev.”
Ruslan Chagaev: It has always been a big dream to fight at Schalke. Now it becomes reality. I have met the football team of Schalke 04 previous to my fight in 2008 against Matt Skelton. I gave them a boxing lession together with my trainer Michael Timm. They were very nice. In general the people here are very kind and honest. I’m so excited about the fight. The size difference to Wladimir doesn’t bother me. I have prepared myself to Valuev who is also tall and heavy. I’m expecting to fight for 12 rounds. It is in god’s hands what going to happen on Saturday. I don’t want to say much as I want to let my hands speak in the ring.”
Vitali Klitschko: “Chagaev is stronger, than Haye, but he talks less. He’s a very strong boxer….I’m sure that Wladimir or me would knock out Haye.”
Klitschko trainer Emanuel Steward: “In three of the last of seven fights Wladimir boxed against lefthanders, and in amateur boxing he had huge experience when it was necessary to prepare for some opponents in just days. In the first few days Wladimir felt comfortable.”
Chagaev trainer Michael Timm: “The size of Klitschko has not caused problems as we prepared to Valuev who is even larger than Klitschko. But, certainly we know, that Klitschko is a better boxer, moves quickly and can change tactics. We also prepare for that. We have a recipe for victory, but I certainly shall not tell it to you.”
One of the hardest-hitting featherweights in the world today, WBA Interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, hits Los Angeles Wednesday night for his big “Latin Fury 10″ press conference Thursday at the El Paseo Inn on historic Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Gamboa, an Olympic gold medalist, born in Cuba and now fighting out of Miami, Florida will be making the first defense of his world title and sharing the bill with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Top Rank’s live Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
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Photos: TKO Boxing Promotions
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Jessie Nicklow 156 vs. John Mackey 157
Cecil Macalla 152.5 vs. Jorge Barajas 149
Francisco Contreras 140 vs. Gustavo Mejia 143
Julius Kennedy 160 vs.. Gevonte Davis 165.25
Delvin Plascencia 131.25 vs. Jesus Perez 130.25
TKO BOXING Promotions presents BALLROOM BOXING
Thursday, June 18th
Michael’s Eighth Avenue
7220 Grayburn Ave.
Glen Burnie, MD
Doors 6:30pm, First Bell 7:30pm
By Alexey Sukachev
Top Polish promotional company “BullIt Knockout Promotions,” led by Andrzej Wasilewski and Piotr Werner, will conduct the next show of their Wojak Boxing Night series this Saturday night, June 20th, at Targowisko Miejskie in Ruda Śląska. The main event will see 6’6’’ Polish cruiserweight Pawel Kolodziej (22-0, 12 KOs), who is ranked WBC #11 and WBA #14, contesting the vacant IBC 200lb belt with Czech veteran Roman Kracik (29-1-1, 17 KOs). Top undefeated BullIt prospect will round-up the undercard: heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (15-0, 10 KOs) and cruiserweight Tomasz Hutkowski (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will take part in ten-rounders, another cruiser Lukasz Janik and junior middleweight Damian Jonak (21-0, 16 KOs) are scheduled for eight, while light welterweight Krzysztof Szot (5-0) will participate in a six-rounder. Their opponents will be announced later this week. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee
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Former WBC female, light flyweight champion Samson Tor Buamad (14-2, 3 KOs) successfully retained her WIBA international flyweight title as she won a unanimous decision over former WBA female title challenger Luo Yu Jie (reportedly 4-6) on Wednesday at the Town Hall of Sisatchanalai, Sukhothai, Thailand. The Thai fighter mostly controlled the show, displaying her accurate counter punches to deny Jie aggression in the first four rounds. From round five, the champion turned to hunt her opponent and mostly gained the score with her effective body shots. Jie tried to turn the table in the last two rounds, wildly stalking the local fighter, but nothing changed as the champion still exposed her superior skills till the final round. Scored: 100-91,99-91, 98-93. Samson, currently ranked No.10 by WBC, retained her WIBA International flyweight title for the first time. (more…)
Two of the hardest-hitting boxers in the world will meet when International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko defends his crown against two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, on July 11 and on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The championship is scheduled for 12 rounds. The televised co-feature will showcase two world-ranked No. 4 contenders when emerging lightweight Antonio DeMarco (20-1, 14 KOs), from Tijuana, Mexico, meets Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho (25-1, 14 KOs), from Benin, Africa, now fighting out of Geneva, N.Y. Tickets priced at $75, $40 and $25 and $10 (with a limited number of golden circle seats available at $200) go on sale Thursday (June 18) at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com or BankAtlantic Center box office. (more…)
Tacoma, Washington’s favorite boxer Emmett Linton (33-5-2) will put his career on the line against former world title challenger Kingsley Ikeke (24-3) on Saturday in a ten rounder at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle At The Boat 72. Ikeke is no stranger to Northwest boxing fans as he stopped local hero Kenny Ellis in 2003. At the time, Ellis was ranked 3rd in the world by the WBO. “There’s definitely a reason that Kingsley’s nickname is Sharpe Knuckles,” said promoter Brian Halquist. “Kenny was poised to fight for the WBO world title with a win over Ikeke but it just wasn’t meant to be. It was heartbreaking to watch,” Halquist continued. “Linton-Ikeke is a great fight. The winner will be in line for a major fight down the road. There is so much riding on the line for both of these fighters. I expect both fighters to bring their absolute A game.” Both fighters signed for the fight months ago and have been in training camp ever since. Tickets are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office (253-594-7777) and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M, first fight starts at 7:00 P.M.
Cappiello Promotions returns on June 27 at The Roxy in Boston with a nine-bout event, to be held in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing. In the main event, two New England favorites square off for the second time, when Hartford, CT’s Mike “Machine” Oliver (21-2, 7 KO’s) takes on Lynn, Massachusetts’ Castulo Gonzalez (9-8, 3 KO‘s) for the New England Jr. Featherweight title. While just over a year ago Oliver was knocking on the door of a world title, back-to-back knockout losses have since left his future in question, hence the rematch with fellow stable-mate, and once prior foe, Gonzalez. “Both of these guys are coming off losses,” stated Cappiello Promotions President Rich Cappiello. “The winner of this fight goes on, and the loser quite possibly goes away…for good! Oliver won their first encounter via ninth round stoppage (2/18/06), but Castulo had plenty of moments in that fight. This is a great opportunity for both fighters to rejuvenate their respective careers.” (more…)
WBC #11 heavyweight Manuel Quezada (27-4, 17 KOs) puts his sixteen-fight win streak on the line when he faces Travis “The Freight Train” Walker (30-2-1, 24 KOs) on July 16 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. “By far he’s the biggest challenge I’ve had,” Quezada said of his 6’4, 250lb opponent. “It’s this type of high-profile fight I need to get me to the world championship level. I will not let my fans down at Tachi.” In the other featured bouts, 2008 United States Olympians Shawn Estrada (6-0, 6 KOs) and Javier Molina (2-0, 2 KOs) will face opponents to be named. Local favorites Michael Dallas Jr. (8-0-1, 1 KO) and former female lightweight champion Jessica Rakoczy (30-3, 10 KOs) will also see action. Tickets start at $25. Call 1-800-225-2277.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
An interesting match up headlines the Thursday, June 18 Ballroom Boxing card at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Baltimore’s Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow will take on John “No Mercy” Mackey of Montgomery, AL in an eight round middleweight match up. Nicklow (19-1-1, 7 KOs) will step back into the ring for the first time since splitting two bouts with George Rivera in the fall of 2008. The last outing for Mackey (11-3-1, 5 KOs) was an eight round majority decision loss to Cecil McCalla on April 30 at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Interim WBO Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) was recently honored with a resolution by the District of Columbia City Council for winning the title on April 25 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Peterson stopped Willy Blain in the seventh round. At-large council member, Kwame Brown, presented the resolution passed by the council. “Lamont Peterson has demonstrated that perseverance in the face of great adversity leads to ultimate success. This resolution is a tribute to his achievements, which will inspire young athletes in the District to fight for their dreams.” (more…)
To loosen up, former world champ Jorge Arce of Mexico has asked to ‘ride a horse, right on the famous boardwalk’ when he hits Atlantic City next week. Arce said he wants to ride for a mile or two while chatting with fight fans, starting from Caesars Atlantic City which is hosting ‘Latin Fury 9.’ “We have a horse. Does he understand espanol? I don’t know,” said Bob Arum. Arce has been on horseback while going to the ring on fight night. This will be his first time in Atlantic City. He is fighting on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 9 featuring Juan Manuel Lopez against Olivier Lontchi in a title fight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 27. Arce, who is wildly popular as a fighter and as a performer on reality television shows in Mexico, is fighting Fernando Lumcad of the Philippines.
Size doesn’t matter. Neither does preconceived judging of ability based on what a boxer didn’t do in the past. Just ask Shawn Porter’s opponents. The 21-year-old Porter started boxing 13 years ago and he developed into one of the most decorated U.S. amateur boxers of the 21st century, despite not qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team . . . Click here for more
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