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Top Rank matchmaker Carl Moretti believes former flyweight champion Nonito Donaire has the Manny Pacquiao-like talent of transcending weight divisions. “I think you are going to see the emergence of a fighter that has the ability to win titles in multiple weight classes,” says Moretti. “He moved up from 112 and when you see him in the ring he looks like a big 115-pounder.” Donaire, best known for his knockout win over Vic Darchinyan, vacated his IBF flyweight title to face Rafael Concepcion in a clash WBA interim super flyweight title on August 15. Donaire recently spoke to reporters about Concepcion, Darchinyan, Pacquiao and much more. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
As the live boxing boom continues in up state New York this summer, what better place to break new ground than at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York. The International Boxing Hall of Fame, located nearby Canastota, New York, is teaming with the New York State Fair, as well as Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment Sports Inc. to present “Fight Night At The Fair,” at the fair’s outdoor Grandstand on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. While this will be the first boxing event ever staged at the Mohegan Sun-sponsored Grandstand, the New York Statefairgrounds has showcased the sport no less than 55 times from 1925 to 1970, with every one of those shows taking place in the building known as the Coliseum, which still stands today. Appearing frequently on those cards were the likes of former welter and middleweight world champion Carmen Basilio, top contending brothers Joey and Mike DeJohn, Lee Sala and the “Raging Bull,” former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian boxer José “Maco” Arboleda sadly passed away during the early morning hours today after having been injured in a traffic accident that occurred while he was riding as a passenger on a bus in Panama City. Arboleda suffered severe injuries to his liver, head and lungs. Fightnews extends our condolences to his father, brother Jaime, manager Rogelio Espiño, and his relatives and friends.
Report by David Finger
It may not have qualified as the most intense press conference ever, but when Hector Camacho Jr. (48-3-1, 27 KO’s) and Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-9, 28 KO’s) met last weekend for a press event for local and international media to hype their upcoming August 29th fight in Cleveland, few insiders left expecting anything less than a war . . . Click here for more
Watch BJ Penn, Kenny Florian and the rest of the UFC 101 participants hit the scales starting at 4pm ET / 1pm PT on UFC.com! Watch Here >>
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Lightweight contender Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough, former NABA and USBA champion, takes on the dangerous-punching Jason Litzau in the PPV-televised “Hook City,” headlining Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Jeff Lacy, Aug. 15.
Kimbrough never dreamed of being a professional boxer while growing up the youngest of eight brothers and sisters in Aliquippa, Penn. He wanted to be a football star . . . click here for full bio on Kimbrough
Litzau has been to the top of boxing’s mountain, losing a world title fight last year, and now the flashy kid from St. Paul is working his way back up . . . click here for full bio on Litzau
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
If you’ve spent any time with Forrest Griffin [16-5] lately, he does not come off like a man getting ready for the biggest fight of his career. And though many fighters say their upcoming fight is the biggest fight of their career, Griffin’s upcoming fight at UFC 101 against Anderson “The Spider” Silva is the biggest of his short, but storied career . . . Click here for more
The UFC makes its Philadelphia debut on Saturday, August 8 with UFC 101: Declaration. In the main event, the two best 155-pound fighters in the world finally meet when UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to defend his crown against number one contender Kenny Florian. UFC 101: Declaration – Saturday, August 8th, live on Pay-Per-View from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Click here for more info
WBA #14 middleweight contender Andy Lee (18-1, 13 KOs) will face Anthony Schuler (21-6) in a ten rounder on August 21 at “The Venue” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana (20 minutes from downtown Chicago). Lee, who is trained by Emanuel Steward, has won three straight, all in Europe, since suffering a shock loss to Brian Vera in March 2008. In the co-feature is middleweight Angel “Toro” Hernandez (29-7, 16 KOs), who in his last outing upset highly regarded James “Buddy” McGirt Jr on national television. An opponent for Hernandez will be named. Also seeing action will be light heavyweight Nick Cook (15-1, 9 KOs) and his brother Jason Cook (3-0, 2 KOs) in separate bouts. Tickets are priced at $30, $40 and $90. Call 800-745-3000. Doors open at 6:30pm and the first bell rings at 7:30pm. Must be 21 or older to attend. The event will be promoted by Bobby Hitz (Hitz Entertainment Inc.) along with Wild Bill’s Boxing.
By Lee Bates
Undefeated WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1,13 KOs) is what some might call a fans’ fighter. Though Martinez has been knocked down in his career, it’s his responses to the knockdowns that make his fights so exciting. A prime example would be his last fight this past March in which he became WBO super featherweight champion dethroning Nicky Cook. After Martinez was knocked down early by Cook, he became even more aggressive and stopped Cook in round four. Martinez is set to make his first title defense September 12th in his native Puerto Rico against Mexico’s former world title challenger Michael Lozada (31-5-1, 24 KOs) in a 12 round co-main event. Martinez spoke on his title winning effort against Cook, life now as a champion, and being a part of a Puerto Rican-Mexican rivalry bout. (more…)
By Peter Lim at ringside
Heavyweight Eugene Hill avenged the only loss of his career when he outpointed Zack Page via eight-round split decision at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Downtown, Houston. Tipping the scales at 255, Hill, (17-1, 14 KOs), spent the entire night plodding after an elusive and nimble-footed Page, (18-24-2, 6 KOs), who weighed 47 pounds less than Hill. Scores were 77-75 twice for Hill and 77-75 for Page. The event was the promotional debut of former heavyweight contender Lou Savarese. (more…)
With the last press conference held today at the Mission Carlton Hotel in Guadalajara, Mexico, all of the fighters appeared fit and ready for the show on Saturday, August 8 at the Benito Juarez Auditorium. In the main event, 19-year-old and unbeaten prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will face Marat “Huziev” Khuzeev in a bout schedule for 12 Rounds with the vacant WBC world youth welterweight at stake. “Canelo” of Guadalajara, Mexico is currently ranked #4 WBC, #5 WBO, #6 WBA, has held the WBO Latin, NABF and WBA FEDECENTRO belts and has record of (27-0-1, 20 KOs). On the other hand Khuzeev of Miass, Russia, had over 300 amateur fights, held 3 regional titles and brings a record of (18-4-1, 7 KOs). (more…)
From Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm, Nev., for tomorrow night’s “Border Wars!” card promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and televised on ESPN2′s “Friday Night Fights.”
Alfredo Angulo 155 vs. Gabriel Rosado 154
Anthony Dirrell 166 vs. Alfredo Contreras 166.5
Archie Ray Marquez 133 vs. Sergi Ganjelashvili 132
Sharif Bogere 138 vs. Rodolfo Armenta 139
Travis Kauffman 224.5 vs. William Shanhan 245
Said El Harrak 147 vs. Jesus Vallejo 146
Donatella Hultin 128 vs. Lucia Larcinese 129
Gary Russell Jr. 126.5 vs. Jason Jones 127
Darryl Hayes 134 vs. Terrance Jett 134.5
Courtesy Jim Jenkins/Sacramento Bee
Local cruiserweight Michael Simms weighed in at 200lbs while ex-IBF cruiser champ Kelvin Davis of Reno scaled in at 197lbs for their main event clash on Friday night at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento. Christian Cruz, 175, of Sacramento faces James Parison, 171, of San Diego in the semi main. Promoter Nasser Naivoroni.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
At a press conference in Cordoba, Argentina, former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios unleashed a barrage of abuse at Moises Castro, who he meets on Saturday night, as well as WBC world lightweight champion Edwin Valero. “I want to fight Edwin Valero,” proclaimed Barrios. “He is badly educated and I want to give him a big lesson. I’m not the same as I was, I am much better. Valero is not even a man and not even his mother would pay to see him fight. Barrios went on, calling Valero “homosexual” and “good for nothing” among other things. Regarding his Nicaraguan opponent, Barrios said that he can’t find any of his fights on YouTube and perhaps his mother is the only one who has a video of him. The bout, for the WBO Latino lightweight title, takes place at the Polideportivo Sports Carlos Ceruti in Cordoba, Argentina. It will be Barrios’ first fight since September 2008 against Rocky Juarez. The event is presented by Arano Box Productions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and seen in Latin America on HBO.
Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion is closing out his training camp in Panama and ready to head to Las Vegas with his trainer Rigoberto Garibaldi and his manager Damon De Berry where he will feature in the main event of Top Ranks Pinoy Power II against Nonito “the Filipino flash” Donaire. “Rafael has worked very hard and it has been a very good training camp” says de Berry. “Rafael is in great shape and is very strong at his weight,” says one of his chief sparring partners, Raul Lopez. Team Concepcion arrive in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Click here for more photos…
Jose Sulaiman, President of the WBC, has announced the institution of a new WBC green and gold belt to be called the WBC Diamond Championship, a honorary championship exclusively for fights between elite boxers. This new implementation was voted for unanimously by the WBC Board of Governors. The WBC believes that this belt will play a very important role in fights between elite boxers called “catch weight” fights. This WBC Diamond Belt is being manufactured using the same design as the traditional belt but the materials will include 18 karat gold fusion, 598 diamonds, 196 emeralds, 6 rubies and 150 swarowsky semi-precious stones. Sulaiman also stated that he is very proud of the step taken by the WBC, as it will be in benefit of improving boxing, in benefit of the boxing fans of the world, to promoters, television and everybody involved in the sport of boxing.
Panamanian super bantamweight Jose “Maco” Arboleda fights for his life at Santo Tomas Hospital in Panama City. Two people died and 30 others (Including Arboleda) were Injured when the driver of a public transportation bus lost control of the vehicle and rolled out of the road, going over a cliff. It’s still not clear if “Maco” was one of the passengers in the bus or was doing his morning jogging on the way to the community of Kuna Nega. Arboleda (23-4-2, 9 KOs) remains in critical condition at the intensive care unit of the Hospital.
Popular junior welterweight Josesito Lopez (24-3, 14 KOs) returns to action on August 14 at the Omega Products International in Corona, California. Lopez will take on veteran Sergio De La Torre (11-11-3, 1 KO) in the six round co-main event. Unbeaten junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera (11-0, 5 KOs) will face Jason Davis (11-3, 3 KOs) in the main event. Also seeing action is super bantamweight Jonathan “Diamante” Arias (15-3, 8 KOs) is looking to regain the form that saw him win his first 15 pro bouts before hitting a rough patch. He faces hot prospect Khabir Suleymanov (7-0, 2 KOs). Tickets to the five-bout Thompson Boxing event are $75, $45, and $30. Call 714-935-0900.
Unbeaten NABO cruiserweight champion BJ “El Peligroso” Flores defends his title against former world title challenger Epifanio “Diamente” Mendoza in a 10-round bout to complete an entertaining, well matched “Hook City” 4-fight pay per view card, August 15 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.. . . Click here for more
Hooks will be flying in Biloxi on Saturday August 15 when Eight-Time World Champion, Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. and Two-Time World Champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy battle it out in “Hook City,” at the MS Coast Coliseum. To prepare us for this highly anticipated match-up of speed and power, ESPN Classic will air past Jones and Lacy fights every night next week and all day Saturday. (more…)
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