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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…)
Kingsley Ikeke came back to Tacoma, Washington to fight local hero Emmett Linton in the 10 round main event of the sold out Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat 72. It was Linton’s first fight in nearly three years. Linton took command of the fight in the early rounds with steady jabs and pressure. At the end of the 2nd round Linton sustained a cut over the right eye. This continued to be a problem for the rest of the fight as Linton had trouble seeing from that point forward. (more…)
Bantamweight Juan Luis “Black Pearl” Hernandez earned his fourth win of the year as he clearly won a ten round unanimous decision over Hugo Jimenez on Saturday night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium in a fight card presented by Jose “Olivaritos” Morales, father and trainer of former world champions Erik and Diego Morales, and Tijuana’s Municipal Institute for Sports. Hernandez (14-2-1 8 KOs) earned the decision with sound boxing with scores of 97-91, 98-90 and 99-89 which reflected the action within the ring. Displaying much quicker hands than usual, Hernandez almost knocked out his opponent in the fourth and fifth rounds but was not able to finish his rival off because of injuries to both of his fists. In the seventh, Hernandez was able to score a knock down with a left hook to the jaw of Jimenez (0-1) but the tough Mexican native was able to continue until the final bell. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
First class professional boxing returns to downtown San Diego, CA, when Rogue Boxing Promotions presents “Havoc at the Hard Rock II: No Mercy” at the Woodstock Terrace of the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel on Friday, July 10th. The open air terrace proved to be the perfect southern California venue as more than 900 boxing fans enjoyed the inaugural fight card showcased by Rogue Boxing Promotions last month. In the featured bout of the evening, unbeaten Filipino lightweight prospect Mercito Gesta (15-0-1, 6 KOs) returns to face the rugged Damian Fuller (30-6-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout. (more…)
WBO#9, WBA#15 heavyweight contender Brian “The Beast” Minto (33-2 21 KOs) will now officially meet undefeated WBC#15 contender Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes (31-0-2, 27 KOs) for the interim WBO NABO heavyweight title on Friday, August 14th at Pullman Park in Butler, Pennsylvania. Initially, Bruce Seldon (40-7) was to face Minto, but the WBO NABO championship committee declined to approve that bout. A winner of six straight and 15 of his last 16, Minto will also put his WBA Fedecentro heavyweight title on the line. The show will be Minto’s second appearance at the historic Pullman Park baseball stadium. Last July 2nd, Minto KO’d John Poore (20-3, 18 KOs) in the main event on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights before several thousand spectators at the renovated ballpark. Promoted by Beatdown Promotions and beginning at 7pm, the under card will feature 7 bouts including local heavies Jim Emrick (7-3-1, 2 KOs) in a six rounder and Paul “Zeus” Zalus (1-0) in a four. Tickets for the event are $25 (General Admission), $35 (Reserved) and $50 (Ringside) and available at the Pullman Park box office or by calling (724) 287-6797.
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Colombian veteran Yogli Herrera (22-8, 15 KOs) will face Puerto Rican top prospect Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (10-0, 8 KOs) in a 10 rd bout for the USNBC title from WBC this Friday, June 26 in Boxeo Boricua in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “This will be a great fight and I am ready to have a war with Yogli” Cruz said. “We know this will be an exciting fight; Herrera is a warrior and Luis Cruz is hungry to be considered one of the best in his division,” said Miguel Cotto. This bout is presented by Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian middleweight titlist Gaetano Nespro (15-5, 2 KOs) successfully retained his national belt for the third time last Saturday in Albano Laziale, Italy, outscoring local challenger Giovanni De Carolis (10-2, 3 KOs), after ten battler rounds of boxing. It was a give-and-take affair starting from the opening minute and both fighters showed great physical condition, young warrior De Carolis started the contest at a high pace, trying to bring the fight to Nespro, but the former IBF-Int challenger used an effective orthodox skill of boxing to gain the control of the clash and cruised to a deserved split decision win through scores of 96-94; 97-94 and 94-96. Boxe Forte Venice promoted the fight.(Thank’s to Stefano Fantogini of Boxenet)
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez and challenger Olivier Lontchi are off to New York City for a Top Rank press conference on Wednesday. Lopez, the WBO 122-pound champion, has a record of 25-0 and was crowned the 2008 Puerto Rico ‘Fighter of the Year.’ He is 4-0 in world title fights, winning all of those by knockout. Lontchi, born in Cameroon and now fighting out of Montreal, has a record of 18-0-2. He was a top amateur in Cameroon, fighting in over 150 amateur bouts. He moved to Montreal eight years ago when he was 18 years old. Lopez and Lontchi will fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday, June 27, Caesars Atlantic City is hosting.
“I know Lopez, but I generally do not watch video tapes,” Lontchi said. “My trainer (Howard Grant) does all of that. He will give me all of the instructions how to fight Lopez. I do whatever is necessary to win – and I’m undefeated.”
Here is the order of bouts, available on Pay Per View, beginning 9PM ET/6PM PT:
Vanes Martirosyan vs. Andrey Tsurkan
Yuri Foreman vs. Cornelius Bundrage
Jorge Arce vs. Fernando Lumacad
Bout #4 – Main Event
Juan Manuel Lopez vs Olivier Lontchi
This will be the PPV debut of USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan who has been training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif….The Yuri Foreman vs. Cornelius Bundrage fight is an eliminator, with the winner to fight IBF junior middleweight champion Cory Spinks…This will be Jorge Arce’s return to the ring since his bout against Victor Darchinyan earlier this year…Latin Fury 9 will be available on Pay Per View providers including iN DEMAND, DIRECT TV and the DISH NETWORK….Russian Olympian Matt Korobov, a middleweight, is on the undercard, as is super lightweight Demetrius Hopkins who has a record of 28-1-1….Undercard bouts begin at 6:30 pm…
By Alexey Sukachev
Steadily rising Polish cruiserweight contender Pawel Kolodziej (23-0, 12 KOs) scored his possibly biggest career win so far last Saturday, when he outpointed rugged Czech veteran Roman Kracik (29-2-1, 17 KOs) over twelve hard-fought rounds with the scores: 118-111 and 118-110 (twice). WBC #11 and WBA #14 ranked fighter captured the vacant IBC minor title during the process. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Two world-ranked Russian fighters will make their return to the ring this Saturday night in the beautiful Mediterranean city of Le Cannet on French Riviera. Middleweight Gennady Martirosyan (17-1, 6 KOs) is set to test unbeaten Cameroonian sensation Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (19-0, 13 KOs), while WBA #1 and WBO #9 cruiserweight Valery Brudov (37-2, 27 KOs) will participate in a tune-up six-rounder against ever dangerous TBA. The “WBA Boxing Night”, promoted by Michel Acaries’ “AMI Productions” at La Palestre boxing hall, will be headlined by a grudge rematch between heavyweight-turned-cruiserweight Steve Herelius (17-1-1, 11 KOs), 32, and ex-European champion Jean-Marc Monrose (24-3, 15 KOs), five years his younger. The twelve-round fight is billed as a WBA semifinal eliminator at 200lbs and also for the vacant WBA intercontinental title. Both boxers has already collided this March, Herelius (WBO #11 and WBA #12) taking a narrow ten-round majority decision. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
2000 Sydney welterweight gold medalist Mahammetkodir “Mohamad” Abdulaev (15-3, 12 KOs) will resume his pro career after three and a half years of hiatus on Tuesday night in Bekabad, Uzbekistan. Abdulaev, who is best known at paid ranks for his gutsy but limited performance against then WBO light welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, faces Russian trialhorse Sergey Starkov (16-52-2, 2 KOs) in a non-title six-rounder at junior middleweight limit. Shuhrat Haydarov of Favzul Munavvar promotes. Andizhan native Abdulaev, 35, is also known for his kayo wins over ex-champion Philip Holiday and Jesse Feliciano as well as the controversial tenth-round knockout loss to Emanuel Clottey back in 2003. In his last bout, he dropped a close unanimous decision to Ukrainian Andrey Kotelnik in November 2005.
Story by William Wilczewski
Most fighters wouldn’t want to be labeled a mama’s boy.
Many fighters, though, aren’t 16-0 with 14 of those wins coming by way of knockout.
Brownsville, N.Y.-native Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs is. And, it’s what his mother Yvette did for him as a child that gave him a shot at being boxing’s next great middleweight . . . Click here for full story
King Arthur Abraham has returned to Germany’s capital following an exhausting training camp at the Baltic Sea. The undefeated IBF Middleweight Champion (29-0, 23 KOs) is determined to defend his title for the 10th time when he takes on Mahir Oral (25-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night. “Everything went very well in practice,” King Arthur said. “We had everything we needed in Zinnowitz – fresh air, the sea, good food and a decent gym.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
In seperate bouts former world champions Luis Collazo now (30-4, 15 KOs) and Travis Simms now (27-1, 20 KOs) won this Saturaday night at the Radison Hotel in Columbia, South Carolina. Both fights were tuneups for the former world champions as they are looking to getting back into title contention in their perspective divisions. The card was promoted by Andrew Stokes of Palmetto Boxing.
In his first bout since his narrow defeat to WBC welterweight Andre Berto in January of this year, Collazo easily handled journeyman David Gogichaishvili now (9-17, 4 KOs). The former WBA welterweight champion Collazo put Gogichaishvili down twice in the bout. Gogichaishvili also received two standing eight counts. The referee stopped the bout in round six after consulting with the ringside physician.
The former two-time WBA junior middleweight champion Simms made quick work of veteran Marcus Luck now (9-17-1, 3 KOs) dropping him in the third round. Luck’s corner threw in the towel in the same round.
In other action, light heavyweight prospect Chris Fitzpatrick now (4-0, 1 KO) fighting out of Columbia, South Carolina remained unbeaten with a four round unanimous decision victory over Mickey Stackhouse now (6-19-1, 5 KOs).
By Craig Watt
Current WBO#1 ranked lightweight Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KO’s) is one of Australia’s marquee fighters and has enhanced his reputation in recent years by his involvement in some exciting contests with his come-forward, aggressive boxing style that ensures boxing fans are always entertained. He comes off an impressive win in April this year against former WBC super-featherweight and IBF lightweight champion Jesus Chavez as part of Golden Boy Promotions “Lightweight Lightning” tournament in Austin, Texas when he wore down the former Mexican champion and forced him to quit on his stool before the start of the eighth round. This win secured Katsidis the WBO#1 mandatory position at 135 pounds and has opened up the door for some meaningful matches in 2009. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao reiterated on Monday his desire to run for public office when the Philippines holds its national elections in May of 2010. The boxing star told a handful of scribes from Manila Bulletin, Star and Inquirer–the Philippines’ major broadsheets–that there’s no turning back from his decision to seek the congressional seat in the province of Saranggani, in the island of Mindanao. Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee hails from the town of Kiamba, while the pound-for-pound king is a native of neighboring General Santos City. “I have been preparing for this since 2008,” said Pacquiao after he graced an event in a downtown Manila hotel. Pacquiao had tried to wrest the same post in his native South Cotabato but failed after being denied by Darlene Antonino-Custodio. Meanwhile, Pacquiao also revealed his choice for the next Philippine president during the same interview. “I would like Lito Atienza (the Philippines’ secretary of natural resources and a dear Pacquiao friend) to be the next Philippine president,” said the 30-year-old fighter. “Lito Atienza is pro-people and God-fearing.” Pacquiao’s next fight is not yet etched in stone but ringsiders are looking at Nov. 14 as the date of his much-awaited return to the ring possibly against Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.
Feature story by Francisco Salazar
Many young gifted athletes and professional fighters have come to hear this statement over and over.
“You are going to be the next . . . .”
While it may be flattering to hear this praise showered over and over, some athletes may feel embarrassed or pressured into living up to the that expectation.
For Victor Ortiz, he has a philosophy and an opinion on that statement . . . Click here for full story
Tickets are now on sale as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions, originators of the nationally acclaimed “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” boxing series presents “The Battle of York 4” on Saturday, August 1st at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, home of the York Revolution . . . Click here for more
With his light heavyweight battle at Reno’s “Summer Showdown” against Yerington’s Jesse Brinkley just three weeks away, Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall has ramped up his training and confidence level for their light heavyweight bout. Finishing up an intense 90 minute training session, Paschall spoke about the upcoming fight . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
You are about to fight in South Africa – the land of your birth against former world title challenger Phillip Ndou. What are your thoughts in boxing in South Africa where your boxing career began?
I am very excited about it. It is something that I have always wanted to do. In fact to be going back home and fighting for a world title (IBO welterweight title) makes it more exciting. All thanks to the promoter, Rodney Berman, of Golden Gloves Promotions. Rodney is a hard working and astute businessman who always thrives to give South African fighters opportunities to fight for world titles and help them make money. I have nothing but respect for the man. It’s been 14 years since I last fought in South Africa. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Top Rank chief Bob Arum will put rising Filipino super lightweight Mark Jason Melligen underneath the Aug.15 headliner at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, the Hall of Fame promoter told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Monday. “Melligen is a terrific fighter and his next fight will be on the Aug.15 card,” said Arum, who will bankroll the card being starred by another Filipino flyweight phenom, Nonito Donaire. Arum said one or two other Filipinos will see action on the same night, including Bernabe Concepcion, who finally earns a crack at the Steven Luevano’s featherweight crown. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Photos: Ozzie Santiago
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On Saturday evening at the Westin Hotel, Peachtree Plaza, in Atlanta GA, KO Kings Promotions put on a spectacular event featuring both boxing and MMA. In the co-main event, welterweight “Pretty Boy” Michael Jean Louis (9-0 8 KOS) of Orlando, Fl continued in his unbeaten campaign as he dominated the game and outgunned Thomas Davis (12-11-2 7 KOs). Although outgunned in the match, Davis was able to last the first two rounds and gave as much as he took ending the first round with a jubilant howl and stare down of his unbeaten foe at the bell. (more…)
WBA featherweight champion Chris John has pulled out of Saturday’s world title defense against Rocky Juarez at Staples Center in Los Angeles. According to ESPN, John is suffering from an unspecified blood problem that caused him to faint while sparring on Saturday. A new opponent for Juarez is being sought.
By Alexey Sukachev and Diana Anisimova (ringside)
Tonight “Ural Boxing Promotions” in association with the “Ready for Labour and Defense of Russia” military-sportive foundation staged a tiny open-air tournament on Red Square (near the walls of the legendary Kremlin), which was a part of the fifth military-sportive forum and attracted a huge number of casual spectators thanks to its free admission and compact, yet exciting schedule.
Headlining the show, rising middleweight prospect Anton Novikov (13-0, 5 KOs) looked as promising as ever in a ten-round shutout of Tanzanian guest Mada Maugo (8-3, 6 KOs) for the WBC Youth title at 160lbs. (more…)
Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos courtesy of Josh Hedges, UFC
Forty-five years after musicians from the United Kingdom crossed the pond and captivated a generation of American music fans; a group of mixed martial artists conducted a “British Invasion” of their own, earning the respect of MMA fans worldwide . . . Click here for more
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos courtesy of Josh Hedges, UFC
Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez has gone on a tear through the UFC. Boasting a 22-2 record, the original Ultimate Fighter entered Saturday’s main event against Clay “The Carpenter” Guida with something to prove. Popular opinion held that if Sanchez could emerge the victor, he’d be in line for a shot against the winner of the BJ Penn-Kenny Florian lightweight championship bout at UFC 101 . . . Click here for more
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