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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is Josesito Lopez is in final negotiations to be the new opponent of the WBC super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez on September 15 in Las Vegas. Plans are underway for “Canelo” and Lopez to have a promotional tour with stops in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Texas and Mexico City beginning as soon as July 23. The 27-year-old Lopez moved up from from the 140lb division to defeat former WBC welterweight world champion Victor Ortiz on June 30. He will now move up again to the 154lb division to take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who will do all his training in Los Angeles, California with his trainers Jose ¨Chepo¨ Reynoso and Eddy Reynoso. An official announcement is expected shortly.
By Robert Coster
Photo: Team Fortuna
Javier Fortuna is one of the hottest prospects in the super featherweight division and he impressively confirmed his rising stock last Friday with a nationally televised two round blowout of former IBF champion Cristobal Cruz. The 22-year-old Fortuna (20-0, 15 KOs) levelled the usually sturdy Cruz with an awesome left cross. Discovered three years ago in the Dominican Republic by promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, Javier is today ranked by three world boxing bodies and seems on the threshold of world title contention. Says Lewkowicz about his protege: “Javier has terrific power and he is also a smooth boxer and has great work ethic. He’s just the complete package.” Fightnews caught up with Fortuna to know more about this young man who seems promised to a bright future. (more…)
By Bill Green
Sting Like a Bee and Strictly Boxing Promotions present a boxing card on Friday at the EXDO Event Center located in Denver, Colorado. Major bragging rights will be on the line as heavyweights Chris “Da Future” Green (8-6-1, 6 KOs), of Denver, Colorado, will battle Joey Montoya (4-1-3, 3 KOs) of nearby Colorado Springs, Colorado, in a scheduled eight-round contest for the “Sting Like a Bee” heavyweight title. (more…)
The popular fighting brothers – Diego and Jesse Magdaleno – of Las Vegas will fight on Top Rank’s “The Future is Now” back to back shows on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 in the Dallas Event Center at Texas Station Gambling Hall and Casino. Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement today. “These are two entertaining boxing cards which I am certain fans will enjoy,” he said.
Tickets are $50, $25 for each boxing event. Fight fans can purchase a special two-night combo ticket. Two $50 tickets, one for each show, cost $75. Two $25 tickets, one for each show, costs $35. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, July 7 at all Station Casinos, The Fiestas, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by logging on sclv.com/concerts. (more…)
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan and WBC super lightweight world champion Danny Garcia were greeted by fans on Tuesday upon their arrivals at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for Saturday’s world title clash at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
On Wednesday, fans are welcome to attend fighter workouts in Mandalay Bay’s Mizuya Lounge. Garcia works out at 1PM, Khan works out at 1:45PM. Then on Friday the official weigh-in will be open to the public at the Mandalay Bay Events Center at 3PM. photos
Gary Shaw Productions has announced the signing of undefeated middleweight prospect Tureano “Reno” Johnson (9-0, 6 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. Johnson represented the Bahamas in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
IBO Featherweight champion Daud Cino Yordan recently married Angela Mega Ria Panuda. The happy couple received the Holy Matrimony Sacrament at St. Michael Catholic Church, Ketapang, Indonesia on July 7. Congratulations!
Weigh-in results for UFC on FUEL TV, which is headlined by the five round middleweight bout between Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman and the light heavyweight bout between James Te Huna and Joey Beltran, airing live on FUEL TV from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA at 8pm ET / 5pm PT (international listings here). Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see prelim bouts at 5:45 pm ET / 2:45 pm PT.
Chris Weidman (186) VS Mark Munoz (186)
FUEL TV MAIN CARD
Joey Beltran (205) VS James Te Huna (205)
Kenny Robertson (170) VS Aaron Simpson (171)
Francis Carmont (186) VS Karlos Vemola (186)
Vaughan Lee (135) VS TJ Dillashaw (136)
Anthony Njokuani (156) VS Rafael Dos Anjos (156)
Alex Caceres (136) VS Damacio Page (136)
Josh Ferguson (125) VS Chris Cariaso (125)
Andrew Craig (185) VS Rafael Natal (186)
Dan Stittgen (170) VS Marcelo Guimaraes (171)
Issei Tamura (135) VS Raphael Assuncao (136)
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Coming up next: UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman is live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, July 11 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET . . . More
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Video interview with Glen Johnson PLUS action from Johnson’s and Andrzej Fonfara’s workouts at today’s open media day in Chicago. Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) and Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) collide in Friday’s ten-round main event at the UIC Pavilion, which will be seen live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
More than a decade after saying Americans brought the 9/11 attacks upon themselves, former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (43-4-1, 32 KOs) of Australia is ready to fight for the first time on American soil. Mundine was condemned worldwide and even dropped from the WBC ratings after stating in an interview shortly after the 9/11 attacks, “They call it an act of terrorism, but if you can understand religion, and our way of life, it’s not about terrorism. It’s about fighting for God’s law, and America’s brought it upon themselves.”
Now Mundine claims those words were taken out of context, telling the Sydney Morning Herald, “I have got nothing against any American, I have got nothing against any human being. It breaks my heart that people think I would even have that line of thought about being happy about people dying. That is crap and I want to clarify that because it is wrong.”
Now fighting as a middleweight, Mundine faces 41-year-old Bronco McKart (54-9-1, 32 KOs) in a WealthTV pay-per-view telecast on Saturday at the Palms in Las Vegas — going head-to-head with the HBO telecast of the world championship clash between Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia which is taking place just blocks away at Mandalay Bay.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOS) and two-division world champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), along with their promoters Bob Arum, Fernando Beltran and Lou DiBella, kicked-off a three-city coast-to-coast national media tour in downtown Los Angeles to promote their eagerly-awaited September 15th middleweight championship PPV battle at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Sergio Martinez: Julio Cesar Chavez had better take a picture of his son now because after the fight he won’t recognize him. I will really beat him up!
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: There’s been a lot of lies about what happened with the WBC title. He gave up the title and he’s got a great relationship with the WBC. He’s the one who’s been protected by the WBC. I haven’t been protected by the WBC, I’ve been fighting the best. He wanted to make money. That’s why he’s here…don’t have any doubts that I’m going to be the winner. (more…)
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