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By Ron Jackson
Ryno Liebenberg faces the toughest test of his career when he meets Denis Grachev of Russia for the vacant WBC Silver light heavyweight title at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night on a Golden Gloves Promotions tournament. Liebenberg 15-0; 11 from Krugersdorp on the West Rand made his pro debut in July 2010 with a third round knockout over Castor Ndou and has collected the IBO All Africa, IBO Inter-Continental, WBC International Silver and WBC International belts along the way. He holds two victories over Johnny Muller the current South African light heavyweight champion who is possibly the best opponent on his record.
The 32-year-old Grachev who fights out of San Diego, USA and has a record of 13-3-1; 8 has lost three of his last four fights, but they have been against top ranked fighters like former IBF light heavyweight champion Lucien Bute (pts 10), Edwin Rodriguez (tko 1) and Isaac Chilemba (pts 10) (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Hall of Fame referee Marty Denkin talks to Fightnews.com about two of the most memorable fights he worked, the boxing movies he acted in and much more. Denkin shares lots of anecdotes about his life in boxing.
“I started as a boxing official in 1971,” Denkin said. “There are two fights that stand out in my mind that I worked on as a referee.
“The Ray Mancini vs. Livingstone Bramble WBA lightweight title bout on June 1st, 1984 at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. I had been working on big fights overseas and did not get the acknowledgement or the exposure before that fight. I was working on fights in Japan and Korea but as referee on the Mancini-Bramble fight there was national exposure because it was televised on NBC nationally.
“In my heart – I loved Mancini, but that fight was going to be played right down the middle. (more…)
IBF mini-flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama (27-6, 10 KOs) has arrived in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico for his 105lb unification clash with WBO champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (14-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the famed Arena Monterrey. Upon his arrival, Takayama stated that he trained for 70 days in Osaka for this fight and vowed to knock out Rodriguez in his own house.
The officials for this bout are all from the U.S. The referee will be Samuel Viruet and judges are Waleska Roldan, John Madfis and Glen Trowbridge.
The bout will be televised in the U.S. on beIN Sports Espanol.
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Jerry Belmontes 130 vs. Abner Cotto 130
Keandre Gibson 145.25 vs. Jose Hernandez 145.25
Oscar Cantu 116.25 vs. Joseph Rios 116.75
Robert Vela 129.25 vs. Jesse Anguiano 129
Steve Belmontes 139.25 vs. James Burns 140
Ryan Karl 143 vs. David Green 140
Justin DeLoach 155.25 vs. Thomas Allen 154
Julian Gilden 127.75 vs. Manuel Rubalcava ??
Jairo Castaneda 143.25 vs. Josue Garcia 144.25
Cesar Martinez 131.5 vs. Roy Garcia 131
Jeremy Longoria 130.25 vs. Alberto Navarro 130.25
Venue: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Gary Shaw Productions has announced that undefeated super featherweight Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (17-0, 11 KOs) will return against Juan Carlos Martinez (20-14-1, 7 KOs) on August 15, 2014 as the co-feature to Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) vs. Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs). The 10-round bout will air live on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” and will take place at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Pedraza, who’s knocked out five of his last seven opponents, is currently ranked WBA #4, IBF #7 and WBC #7. He vows to put on a great performance for all the fans in attendance, as well as those watching on TV.
Main Events has signed unbeaten Russian jr middleweight Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KOs). The 28-year-old Mikhaylenko made his U.S. debut this past Saturday night defeating Sechew Powell on the undercard of the Kovalev-Caparello show at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Mikhaylenko is co-promoted by Titov Promotions and managed by Egis Klimas, who also manages WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, and heavyweight contender Czar Glazkov among others.
Former two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz and Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. lead a six-member Class of 2014 into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF). The new CBHOF inductees also includes referee Michael Ortega, International Boxing Federation president Daryl Peoples, trainer Paul Cichon and the late boxing judge William Hutt.
New members will be inducted at the 10TH annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday night, November 8 in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Promoters KP Productions (George & John Kaltsas) return to action with a card featuring some of the Detroit area’s best young and aspiring boxers on Friday, August 15 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Matchmaker Carlos Llinas is working to secure opponents that will test local co main event participants Anthony Barnes and Dewayne Zeigler both of whom are undefeated in their brief pro careers. Other area favorite unbeaten fighters scheduled to appear and seeking to impress and move up are: James Ballard, Dorrell Vanhorn Jr, Michael Portillo, Leandre White, Ed Williams, and Anthony Gallerani. Former National Golden Glove heavyweight champion Craig Lewis is on tap to make his long delayed pro debut. A ladies match features all action Amanda Cooper.
Tickets for the “Royal Oak Rumble” at $35-$100 are available at the Royal Oak Music Theatre box office or at www.axs.com.
Doors open at 6 PM, First Fight at 7.
Lou DiBella has announced two more high profile signings to his ever-growing DiBella Entertainment (DBE) roster and both be featured on DBE’s upcoming Broadway Boxing card on August 13, at NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, in midtown Manhattan. The fighters are former WBC featherweight world champion Elio Rojas (23-2, 14KO’s) returning to the ring for the first time in nearly two and a half years. The first obstacle on the road toward another world championship opportunity will be opponent Robert Osiobe (14-9-4, 6KO’s). Rojas will now be campaigning in the junior lightweight division, though his feature eight-round bout will be held just above the 130lb. limit.
Jonathan Alonso, a former amateur standout and 2012 Olympian for Spain, will be looking to impress in his US and pro debut when he sees action in a special attraction four-round middleweight bout. (more…)
Unbeaten IBF #2 heavyweight Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov headlines a special NBCSN Fight Night tripleheader on Saturday at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs), 29, will take on veteran Derric “El León” Rossy (29-8-0, 14 KOs) in a ten rounder. “Czar” is originally from Lugansk, Ukraine and just immigrated to Ft. Lauderdale, FL in the last few months. The former Olympian bronze medalist is now training with John David Jackson. He is also coming off a huge upset victory over heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek on March 15th at the same arena. (more…)
This Friday’s summer season finale for Boxeo Telemundo Ford will feature welterweights. Unbeaten Daniel Rosario (8-0, 7 KOs) of Puerto Rico goes on the road to face hometown favorite Edgar Ortega (14-1, 10 KOs) in a 10 round WBO latino welterweight title main event. Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
The fight will be a step up in competition for the young Rosario. However, his team has made all the necessary arrangements to give their guy the maximum preparation he can get. One major change in training was having the bulk of his training camp at the well known Otomí Ceremonial Center, a very exclusive high altitude training site in Mexico. Many legendary Mexican fighters has trained at the site over the years. Fightnews caught up with the fighter at this location as well as his manager Richard Santiago and trainer Evanagelista Cotto. Evangelista, of course, is the former longtime trainer of nephew and now four-division world champion Miguel Cotto. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Didn’t HBO used to televise boxing? The network’s website currently shows ZERO boxing telecasts scheduled until the November 22 Pacquiao-Rios PPV. Conversely, rival network Showtime may televise as many as six consecutive fight cards before HBO gets back on the air. Showtime has boxing slated for August 9 (Garcia-Salka), August 16 (Porter-Brook), August 30 (ShoBox), September 6 (Broner-Taylor), September 13 (Mayweather-Maidana 2 PPV) and September 27 (Stevenson-TBA).
The good news is we know HBO will end the year strong with Hopkins-Kovalev, Pacquiao-Algieri, Cotto-TBA, Crawford-TBA, Golovkin-TBA, and/or others in the pipeline, but for the coming weeks or even months it looks like HBO subscribers may have to turn to Showtime to get their boxing fix.
Matt “The Crowbar” Hobar has held several titles over the course of his athletic career, but none are more valuable to him than the ones he earned as a wrestler . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Due to the savage gun attack in Spain on Matthew Macklin’s lead trainer Jamie Moore, the Dublin show on August 30 has been postponed until later in the year. Macklin was set to face Jorge Sebastien Heiland at the National Stadium in a WBC middleweight title eliminator as he looks to get back into contention for another world title shot.
“I am disappointed to have to postpone my fight but in the light of the circumstances and the disruption to my preparation it is the right thing to do,” said Macklin. “Every fight at this stage in my career is of huge importance and being 100 per cent for the night is vital. We will make an announcement shortly on a new date and I look forward to fighting in Dublin in 2014.”
Olympic Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua MBE will now fight at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on September 13. Any tickets purchased for the Dublin show on through Matchroom Boxing will be automatically refunded to the card holder.
Star of David Promotions CEO Dmitriy Salita has announced his next show on September 18 at the Master Theater in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Cruiserweight Junior Wright (10-0-1, 9 KOs), who wowed the crowd in the last Brooklyn Brawl, back in May, will again be in action on September 18 in a six round bout.
Also, junior middleweight contender Steven Martinez (15-1, 12 KOs), co-promoted by Salita and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr, will face TBA in a six round bout. (more…)
The IBF-USBA welterweight title will be on the line Friday night at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh as local favorite Sammy Vasquez Jr. (15-0, 11 KOs) and fellow prospect James Stevenson (21-0, 14 KOs) face off in a battle of unbeatens. Promoter Mike Tyson is very hot on Vasquez. “The first time I watched Sammy Vasquez Jr. fight I knew he had something special,” stated Iron Mike. “He fights with urgency and focus unmatched by most. When that bell rings, whether the other guy knows it or not, he’s in a war and he’d better be ready because Sammy wants to end it quick.”
Co-featured is a ten round lightweight battle between Monta Meza-Clay (35-3, 21 KOs) and Allan Herrera 32-6, 21 KOs). Opening the Fox Sports 1 telecast is a six round middleweight bout between 2012 Ukrainian Olympian KO artist Ievgen Khytrov (5-0, 5 KOs) and Willie Fortune (17-1, 8 KOs).
Popular 2012 USA Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez (11-0, 8 KOs) will be back in action on October 25 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California. Ramirez will face an opponent to be named topping a card that will top a UniMas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” telecast. The event is dubbed “Fight for Water 3,” and is designed to raise awareness on the Central Valley’s water woes. Ramirez previously headlined two other “Fight for Water” cards, last November in Lemoore and this past May in Frenso.
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By Karl Freitag
King Kong Boxing, the management company of unbeaten WBA #2 rated Luis Ortiz, has announced that Ortiz will be facing fellow unbeaten WBA #5 rated Lateef Kayode for the vacant WBA interim title. The bout will be on September 11 at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Ortiz is 21-0 with 18 KOs, while Kayode is 20-0 with 16 KOs.
Update: WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto J. Mendoza told Fightnews.com that as of Tuesday night Golden Boy Promotions has yet to send an official request for sanction, however he did confirm that the WBA Championships Committee has passed a resolution to let Ortiz be the official contender or box for an interim title.
Last June when they fought at MSG on the Cotto-Martinez undercard, Felix Verdejo received criticism for knocking out his opponent way too fast, and Jose ‘Wonder Boy’ Lopez was criticized for having to extend his fight to a decision. Now the prized Puerto Rican prospects will be the main eventers on a card billed “Future Stars” that will be presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions on August 16 at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas.
Verdejo, who is the lightweight super prospect of Top Rank, improved his record to 13-0 with 10 knockouts on June 7 by knocking out Mexico’s Engelberto Valenzuela in 77 seconds. On August 16 he will be facing his most difficult opponent to date in Chile’s Oscar Bravo (21-5, 9 KO’s). It will be Verdejo’s first eight round fight.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to fight home once again. I will be ready to give my best and bring happiness to my people.” said Verdejo. “I don’t know much about my opponent, other than that he’s very experienced and has never been knocked out. This will be a good opportunity to demonstrate that I can keep my rhythm in a long fight,” added the former Olympian. (more…)
Former boxer Jamie Moore is recovering in a Marbella, Spain hospital after being shot in both legs gangland style over the weekend. Moore was in town to train Matthew Macklin for an August 30 bout against Jorge Sebastian Heiland in Dublin, Ireland. Authorities believe the attack on Moore was a case of mistaken identity.
Macklin issued an update on Moore’s condition via Twitter: “Just to let everyone know Jamie Moore is still in hospital but he’s ok. He was shot in his legs but the doctors have said there shouldn’t be any serious or permanent damage done.”
By James Slater
This Friday night in Fallon, Nevada, two-time Olympian Zhang Zhilei will make his eagerly awaited pro debut. The Chinese southpaw, who had a stellar amateur career and is promoted by Dino Duva’s Dynasty Promotions and is co-trained by Harold “The Shadow” Knight, is expected to go far in the pro ranks and Duva himself is hugely excited by his latest signing.
“Zhang’s debut will be a 4-rounder, but I feel he will move up to 6 and 8 rounds pretty quickly,” Duva explains. “I’m massively excited. Obviously I’ve worked with some great legends from the sport in the past but, and I’m not just saying it, the sky is the limit with this. Zhang is the whole package. He has athleticism, personality, boxing ability, marketability – everything. And I do honestly believe Zhang will go down in history as one of the most important heavyweights ever. He’s a very intriguing athlete. He’s still developing obviously, but if he develops as I believe he can develop, he will go down in history as one of the most important heavyweights in a long, long time.” (more…)
HBO Boxing delivered again in the ratings Saturday night with a live Boxing After Dark tripleheader.
Per Nielsen Media Research, 175-pound title-holder Sergey Kovalev’s second round TKO of Blake Caparello on Saturday night in Atlantic City produced the eighth top performing live bout on cable TV this year. 990,000 viewers tuned in for the live, first-time airing on HBO. The audience peaked at 1,052,000 viewers.
Kovalev, who is signed to fight fellow title-holder and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins in early November in a blockbuster light heavyweight unification showdown on HBO, last fought in March when he headlined a card from Atlantic City. In the main event on March 29, Kovalev’s win over Cedric Agnew registered 1,006,000 viewers on HBO, making it the sixth most watched fight of the season. In the middle bout of a tripleheader on Aug. 2, Kovalev registered essentially the same viewership.
All of the top ten fights televised live on cable TV this year have aired on HBO.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones looks to extend his historic reign over the talented 205-pound division Saturday, Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas when he takes on bitter rival and No. 2 contender Daniel Cormier. Jones will look to make his record eighth light heavyweight title defense against the two-time U.S. Olympian Cormier. (more…)
All Star Boxing, Tuto Zabala Jr and Deportes Telemundo closes the summer edition of their successful series Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford this Friday, August 8, 2014 at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City with a boxing classic Mexico vs Puerto Rico.
In a clash of young upcoming prospects Edgar “El Nene” Ortega (14-1-10 KOs) of Torreon Coahuila, Mexico faces undefeated Daniel Rosario Cruz (8-0-7 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a bout schedule for 10 Rounds with the vacant WBO Latin Welterweight Title at stake. Rosario is trained by Evangelista Cotto. “This is a great match up between two upcoming welterweight prospects, it will be an all out war, when you have two young warriors from Mexico and Puerto Rico the results are guaranteed” said Zabala.
First bell at 8:00 PM, 6 mores fights round up the card. Telemundo Network will televise the main event live at 11:35 PM. Tickets are already on sale at Salon Jose Cuervo (Lago Andromaco #17, esq. Moliere, Ampliacion Granada, Mexico DF, Tel: 53259000 or at ticketmaster.com.mx. Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos: John DiSanto
When Danny Garcia and Rod Salka face off Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, they couldn’t be in more diverse positions. One fighter doesn’t figure to win, even though he’s almost guaranteed a victory. The other isn’t given a snowball’s chance in the fight, but should find himself in a better position, no matter how bad he may lose.
Since it was announced, the fight, which will be televised live on Showtime, has gone through quite a few growing pains. What was originally scheduled as a 12-round junior welterweight world title fight, was rejected for sanction by the WBA and WBC, shrunken to 10 rounds, and then bloated to a 142-pound catch-weight bout. To say that this fight has had a rocky road would be an understatement.
“To me, it doesn’t really matter if this is a title fight or not,” Garcia said. “It’s my show. I’m going to put on a great performance. I’m going to go out there and give the fans a great fight. So don’t worry about it not being a title fight because it’s still a fight.” (more…)
Throughout the history of combat sports, different regions have been known to produce a certain type of fighter. Industrial footholds churn out gritty, blue-collar types, while fighters from coastal areas seem to possess a particular brand of finesse. While there are exceptions to every archetype, the rule has usually remained consistent . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The Fall series of Boxeo Telemundo Ford will kick off on October 3rd. In the main event, local favorite Daniel Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) will meet Jonathan Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The bout will be a twelve-rounder for the WBO Latino super flyweight title. The Location will be the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Shea Bailey Promotions and Pier 6. (more…)
Scott Quigg will defend his WBA world super bantamweight title against former world champion Paulus Ambunda in Manchester at the Phones 4u Arena on September 13. Quigg defends the title for the third time against the current WBA and IBF International super bantamweight champion who claimed those titles in May in his first fight at 122lbs since stepping up from bantamweight where he won the WBO world title in March 2013.
Akso, lightweight Anthony Crolla takes on former world champion Gamaliel Diaz, Scotty Cardle takes on Kirk Goddings in a British title final eliminator. Sam Eggington will face Denton Vassell in a British Welterweight title eliminator with Sam Hyde, Gamal Yafai, Jack Massey and Liam Hanrahan all set for action.
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