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Two heavyweight fights were added to the highly anticipated event featuring the world title showdown between WBC heavyweight champion Vitali “Dr. Iron Fist” Klitschko and WBC #1 contender Cristobal “The Nightmare’’ Arreola on Saturday, September 26 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Fast rising undefeated heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (17-0, 14 KOs) will take on once-beaten Cedric Boswell (31-1, 24 KOs) in a twelve rounder and once-beaten Johnathon Banks (21-1, 15 KOs) will meet Javier Mora (22-4, 18 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round fight. Tom Loeffler, of K2 Promotions, was excited to announce the addition of these fights. “These two heavyweight fights are a great compliment to our heavyweight world championship main event. It will be an exciting display of heavyweight talent where the six fighters have an amazing record of 155 wins with only 8 losses.”
By Jeff Julian
Following his Aug. 7th win over Victor Barragan in Primm, NV, undefeated heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman returned to train in Deer Lake, PA at the site of Muhammad Ali’s former training camp. Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs) will face Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs) Sept. 18th in the main event of SHOWTIME’s “Sho-Box: The New Generation” broadcast from Santa Ynez, CA. Joining Kauffman to train and spar at the historic site was Ring Magazine’s #10-ranked cruiserweight Matt Godfrey (19-1, 10 KOs) who was preparing for his own upcoming Sept. 12th fight with Michael Simms (20-11-2, 13 KOs) in Sacramento, CA. Click here for more photos…
37-year-old former IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods has announced his retirement after losing against Tavoris Cloud on August 28. “Cloud was a really good fighter and he’s young, while maybe I’m too old for that level,” Woods told the Sheffield Star. “In my hey-day I would have beaten him, but I have no excuses and I think my love affair with boxing is over. I wouldn’t have chosen to have gone out with a defeat, but I never took a beating….it was good while it lasted and I am happy with what I achieved.”
Mikkel Kessler received a rocking reception from his home crowd in Denmark today when he conducted an open training session in the city centre of Herning. The Viking Warrior (41-1, 31 KOs) puts his WBA super middleweight Title on the line against mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo on Saturday. SHOWTIME will be airing the fight on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). “It is great to be here and I look forward to fighting in front of my fans,” Kessler said. “There is a lot of pressure on me, especially with the Super Six tournament coming up, but I love pressure. This fight is of tremendous importance for me. Perdomo has worked very hard to get his chance and he is challenging me for the title. But I will defeat him. I am in great shape.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA featherweight champion Chris John will defend his title against Rocky Juarez on September 19 on the undercard of Mayweather vs Marquez. John talks to Fightnews and predicts a KO win over Juarez, talks of his relationship with trainer Craig Christian, his close win over Juan Marquez, and how he would like to unify the world featherweight title.
How has your preparation been for your WBA 126 title bout with Rocky Juarez on Sept 19? Who are your sparring partners? When did you start training for this fight?
I have had perfect preparation. We are in camp at Big Bear and we have been here six weeks now.It’s really good. I have had great sparring with Orlando Salido, Elio Perez and Jackson Asiku. I am ready to fight! (more…)
WBA #1 rated super middleweight contender and mandatory title challenger Gusmyr Perdomo of Spotlight Boxing has wrapped up his training camp in Hamburg and his team are headed to Denmark to face Danish world champion Mikkel Kessler in Kessler’s homeland. Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs), who hails from Venezuela, celebrated his 33rd birthday on Monday. He will take on the champion Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) on Saturday at the MCH Messecenter in Herning. Before his departure to Denmark, mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo spoke to www.boxing.de. (more…)
Fight Night returns to the Playboy Mansion this Saturday. Boxers from Mexico, Russia, Canada and the USA will converge on the Mansion with five pro fights including title fights. Headlining the fight card are two undefeated prospects. Eloy Perez (13-0-2, 3 KOs) will face Dannie Williams (12-0, 10 KOs) for the WBC’s USNBC super featherweight title. Also making his return to the ring is Canadian prospect Donnie Orr (14-0, 6 KOs) who will face Danny Stanislavjevis (8-16, 2 KOs). Orr was on the 2000 Canadian Olympic team. On the undercard Russian sensation Sergey Kovalev. (3-0, 3 KOs) will get his toughest challenge to date as he faces Denver’s Ayodeji Fadeyi (10-7, 7 KOs). Invited guests will be treated to hours of delicious gourmet food and buffets, sushi, an open bar and of course the beautiful Playboy Playmates and Playboy Bunnies. “This is where pro-boxing meets a classic Hollywood party. With all the food and drinks a person can handle. It’s just like the movies but it’s real,” said promoter Brian Halquist.
Ring legend Oscar de la Hoya won a five round decision over hoops legend Shaquille O’ Neal in a five-round boxing exhibition before a star-studded crowd at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The bout took place on the latest installment of “Shaq VS,” the new ABC series starring NBA superstar Shaquille O’ Neal. Shaq, who coined himself “Manny Shaqquiao” for the exhibition, got boxing tips from Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach while “The Golden Boy” was trained by Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins.
Oscar was also seen in the ring last Saturday night in Panama, participating in an exhibition match against WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The two boxed three two-minute rounds, raising $25,000 for the fight against cancer during the WBA’s KO Drugs Festival XXI.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
After just 11 pro bouts, undefeated 21-year-old light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker of Eldersburg, MD will challenge for his first regional title when he faces Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl of Las Vegas for the vacant USBO light heavyweight title on Friday, September 25 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. In his last few bouts, Tucker (11-0, 7 KOs) has faced veteran opposition, some who have more wins than Tucker has bouts. That trend will continue with Strohl (27-7, 21 KOs). In Tucker’s last outing, he won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world title contender Rubin Williams at the last Westminster card on July 17. Strohl has lost his last four bouts by stoppage to quality boxers Joe Spina, Zach Walters, Tavoris Cloud and Rob Calloway. (more…)
Team Sauerland has announced a new Twitter account to bring boxing fans all over the world the latest news from inside the famous Max-Schmeling-Gym. There will be exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage from each of the upcoming events, which include Mikkel Kessler´s WBA Super-Middleweight Title Fight against Gusmyr Perdomo in Herning on September 12, Sebastian Sylvester´s IBF Middleweight Title Fight against Giovanni Lorenzo on September 19, King Arthur Abraham´s hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Jermain Taylor on October 17 and Nikolai Valuev´s WBA Heavyweight Title Fight against David Haye on November 7. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Russel Mora will be the third man in the ring when the Venezuelan challenger Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10KOs) and German WBA super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) from Denmark meet at the MCH Messecenter Herning, Herning, on September 12. The three judges are Stanley Christodolu (South Africa), John Poturaj (Canada), and Mikael Hook (Swedish). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American Referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when the Venezuelan WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño (17-0, 10 KOs) and Mexican challenger and former WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (36-5-2, 15 KOs) will be fight at Arena Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on September 12. The three judges are Hernando Steidel (Puerto Rico), Ted Gimza (USA) and Enrique Portocarrero (Nicaragua). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panamá).
WBC President Jose Sulaiman presented the original WBC Diamond Belt in front of a full house at the Corona auditorium in Mexico City. There was high expectation to finally see the WBC Diamond Belt and it was a special moment when it was finally unveiled during a press conference. The belt is manufactured with 18 karat gold and fusion, 861 diamonds, 6 rubies, 221 emeralds and 180 Swarovzky glass stones all mounted on a beautiful Italian Ferrari leather and displays the picture and the flag of the 2 boxing heroes that will battle on November 14 with the winner winning the most special belt ever made in the history of boxing. The belt will be flown to New York, to later go on with its first tour, which will include New York, Puerto Rico, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The WBC will present Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto with special clothing. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Champion Ivan Calderon and his next challenger Rodel Mayol squared off today in Puerto Rico at their final press conference. The two will go at it for real this Saturday at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. This past June the two fought at Madison Square Garden. The bout ended in a six-round technical draw because Calderon was unable to continue due to an accidental head butt he suffered in the fourth round. Both fighters spoke confidently at the press conference today. Champion Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez was in attendance as well as he will be making his first title defense in the semi-main event. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
As it was previously announced by Fightnews, WBO #7 and IBF #15 junior welterweight Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko will headline a huge K2 East card, which is penciled to take place the next Thursday at Meteor palace of sports in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Tonight a specifically arranged presser has taken its place in the host for the future battles, informing media about the whole card.
Fedchenko, 28, a sound technician with a sneaky but hard right hand will put his IBF Intercontinental title at stake for the third time against South African Kaizer Mabuza (21-6-3, 13 KOs). (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Saturday nights show at the Lansing Center was to feature the pro debut of 2008 National Golden Gloves heavyweight champion Craig Lewis. Unfortunately both Lewis’ original and standby opponents where dropped off the card, causing promoter Ron De Leon to soldier on without his feature attraction. Fortunately for the fans in attendance the bouts (all four rounders) that did take place were well matched and entertaining. (more…)
Bob Arum is writing a weekly boxing column in the Las Vegas Sun. His first column outlines big fights at the old Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The Pacquiao vs. Cotto national press tour launches from the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 10. Here is a link to Arum’s column.
On September 18th ARENA and promoter Ahmet Öner will present two shows on both sides of the Atlantic on the same day. At Gran Casino de Castellon (Spain) German heavyweight prospect Steffen Kretschmann, rising middleweight star Mahir Oral and Konstantin Airich will try to get back from their respective losses in June (Kretschmann and Oral) and March (Airich). Hours later, Öner’s US partner Luis und Ricardo Decubas in association with Caribe Promotions Inc. and JAOLI Fight Promotions will present the “Caribbean Invasion” at the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach featuring two-time Olympic gold medallist Guillermo Rigondeaux. (more…)
Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has changed his training camp from Miami, Florida, to prepare for his explosive October 17th fight with Arthur Abraham in Berlin, Germany at o2 World. Taylor is going through a grueling 10-week training camp at former heavyweight champion George Foreman’s gym in Houston, Texas, the George Foreman Youth Center. (more…)
Francesco Pianeta (18-0, 11 KOs) will defend his EU Heavyweight Title against former European Champion Matt Skelton (22-3, 19 KOs) in Neubrandenburg on September 19. The duo will clash on the undercard of the IBF Middleweight Title fight between Sebastian Sylvester and Giovanni Lorenzo. Pianata is full of respect for his experienced opponent. “Skelton is a tough fighter,” he said. “He was the European Champion and also fought for the WBA Heavyweight Title. It is not easy to box him. He is a strong puncher but I am faster and I will beat him.” (more…)
Ringside by Chad Edward
Photos by Drew Riedman
Promoter Andrew Williams of R & R Promotions kicked off the Labor Day weekend beneath a clear sky Saturday night at the Hamilton County Fair Grounds in Cincinnati with a five-bout card titled “The Undefeated” headlined by local lightweight talent “The Problem” Adrien Broner (12-0, 9 KOs). The card also featured undefeated Cincinnati fighters Brandon “Untouchable” Bennett (7-0, 3 KOs) and William “Action” Jackson (4-0, 2 KOs). Click here to read the full report and to view the action-packed photogallery!
Today in Schwerin District Court, newly crowned WBO interim light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (34-2, 28 KOs) denied assault allegations involving two incidents that took place last year. The case is expected to last at least three sessions. The alleged incidents happened while Brähmer was still serving probation stemming from an earlier misdeed that kept him out of the ring for three years between 2002 and 2005.
By Daniel Cann
This Friday (11th September) sees a fascinating 10×3 contest at the Brentwood Centre, Brentwood Essex, when English Heavyweight Champion ‘Big Bad’ John McDermott (25-5 16 KOs) defends his title against unbeaten prospect Tyson Fury (7-0 7 KOs). The ‘Big’ nickname will seem ironic in light of the fact that McDermott will be looking up at his challenger, who, at six feet seven inches is the taller man by four inches. McDermott will also be conceding youth to his challenger, but not experience and here – in lies the fascination and draw of this match. (more…)
WBO minimunweight champion Donnie Nietes and world ranked Z Gorres arrive today in Tepic, Nayarit for Satuday’s “Latin Fury 11″ boxing card at the Palenque de la Feria. The championship card is promoted by Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer in association with the Nayarit State Goberment en will telecast on Pay-per-view in the United States. Nietes the WBO’s regular 105-pound champion will take on Manuel “Chango” Vargas of Mexico, who is the interim WBO champion in the same weight class. (more…)
By Lee Bates reporting from Puerto Rico
3-time world title challenger Rodel Mayol (pictured hitting the speedbag) is just days away from his rematch and 4th world title challenge against champion Ivan’Iron Boy’ Calderon. Mayol has arrived in Puerto Rico and stated he is ready to win the crown. “I feel really good and well prepared. I’m ready to win the world title,” said Mayol. The “Unbeaten Champions” PPV card is presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc. (Ivan & Peter Rivera) headlined by WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs)rematching No. 1 contender Rodel ‘Kid Rapido’ Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event. (more…)
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