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Unbeaten Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary worked out today in Guynabo, Puerto Rico. Bedak will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) this Saturday, May 29th in a 12 round world title main event. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico with PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala promoting the event titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ For more details and photos click here…
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is talking about his legacy, while challenger Albert Sosnowski is talking about an upset when they collide on Saturday.
“Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis had this belt. It’s not for nothing that I own it now!” said Klitschko at today’s press conference in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “I want [the belt] to prove that I’m the best in the world.”
Sosnowski stated “I realize that all the experts consider me a longshot, but Klitschko will regret having given me this opportunity. He’s already passed his prime. Many of his fights have been against living punching bags who had already lost in the locker room. You only have an opportunity like this once in a lifetime and I want to use it. I’ll show Vitali and become be the first Polish heavyweight champion!”
Unbeaten welterweight Omar “Businessman” Chavez (21-0, 15 KOs) will have a litmus test in boxing when he faces the experienced Rodrigo Juarez (22-10-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-rounder on Saturday at the Sports Center Fair in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Chavez, the son of Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez, was originally slated to face Jose Arelis Lopez (7-9-2, 5 KOs) in a rematch of their spirited March 20th fight, but Lopez wasn’t 100% ready and the more experienced Juarez was brought in. The card also features middleweight José Luis “Elotero” Zertuche (21-5-3, 16 KOs) against Panchito Sierra (20-3, 19 KOs).
By Ricardo Conde
In his last outing, undefeated WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) defeated former WBO welterweight champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (27-3, 21 KOs) of Puerto Rico, via knockout in the eight round last month at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. We recently caught up with Andre Berto and asked him a few questions about his fight with Carlos Quintana, who he’d like to face in the near future and a lot more. Here’s what he had to say… (more…)
When Bob Hope and Bing Crosby founded the historic Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank over 60 years ago they certainly didn’t envision Lakeside to be the site for pro boxing. But last Thursday before a crowd of 500, including celebrities Joe Pesci, Andy Garcia, Bob Uecker, Harold Green, Scott Baio and Sly Stallone, Roy Englebrecht Promotions presented a six bout card titled Rumble On The Range. With a ring set up on the Lakeside driving range, the fans, who feasted on a ringside buffet and open bars, witnessed four pro boxing bouts with a Lakeside Golf Club Championship Belt on the line in the featured bout. The winner was heavyweight Joe Hanks, who staying undefeated and moved to 12-0 with a first round knockout of Marcus Dickerson. (Photo: Promoter Roy Englebrecht and film star Sylvester Stallone.)
By Karl Freitag
Championships Chair Lindsey Tucker and Ratings Chair Daryl Peoples are no longer with the East Orange, New Jersey-based sanctioning organization. “There is a revamping taking place at the IBF and anyone who has a championship matter to be addressed, wants to recommend ratings or any outstanding matters with the IBF should either call or email me,” IBF President Marian Muhammad informed Fightnews.com by email.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) and challenger Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) pose during today’s “Fists Of Steel” presser conference in Germany. They headline Saturday’s “Fists Of Steel” PPV event. In the 12-round co-feature, NABF heavyweight champion Johnathon Banks makes his first title defense against veteran Jason Gavern. For more details and photos click here…
As much as it’d be fun to be the case, John Hathaway didn’t get the nickname the Hitman because he was a British bounty hunter or some sordid thing. No, he joins Martin Kampmann and Tommy Hearns in the strictly hitman-as-metaphor nickname camp . . . Click for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC
WBO welterweight champion and Philippines congressman Manny Pacquiao is suffering from “a mild stomach ulcer” that will keep him hospitalized in Manila for a few days.
The June 4 Telemundo card featuring welterweights Mercito Gesta against Oscar Meza is in search of a new home after the Miccosukee Resort in Miami pulled the plug citing an undisclosed conflict.
Heavyweight David Tua will now fight Monte Barrett on July 18 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. The fight was originally announced for June 26 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tua’s last two fights have been in New Zealand, the most recent against Friday Ahunanya reportedly lost “quite a significant amount of dollars,” prompting the Tua camp to unsuccessfully seek an early exit from an agreement with Maori TV.
Still nothing happening in talks between the respective camps of David Haye and the Klitschkos. The Haye camp isn’t expected to make any decisions on his next move for at least a month.
Super middleweight Aaron Pryor Jr. (13-2, 10 KOs) will headline a rare Sunday afternoon boxing card on June 13 at the Hyatt Regency along the Philadelphia waterfront. The son of ring legend Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor will face an opponent to be named later in a scheduled eight rounder. In the co-feature, veteran jr. middleweight Ossie Duran (24-8-2, 9 KOs) will see action in an eight round bout against battle tested Jerome Ellis (12-11-1, 10 KOs). The card is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Teon “The Technician” Kennedy (15-0-1, 6 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA successfully defended his USBA super bantamweight title with a thrilling twelve round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Beranza ((32-18-2, 25 KOs), of Santa Ana, CA last night at Bally’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ. In the co-feature, Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (13-0, 8 KOs), of Somers Point, NJ stopped Loren “Rock” Myers (7-8-1, 2 KOs), of Fresno, CA at 1:06 of the sixth round of a scheduled eight round middleweight war. Peltz Boxing Promotions promoted the seven-bout card. (more…)
By Christian Chataignier
Former WBA super lightweight world champion Souleymane M’Baye (38-3-1, 21 KOs) is poised and ready for his showdown with unbeaten Canadian Antonin Decarié (23-0, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in Levallois-Perret, France for the WBA interim welterweight title. The popular “Souly,” as his fans call him affectionately, is at the gate of his dream: to fight for a world title at home. Here’s what M’Baye had to say just before breaking camp in Florida to head back to his native Levallois. (more…)
After almost three rounds of action on Saturday night between Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez produced two deep cuts over Vazquez eyes, a knockdown, and a brutal barrage of punches at one another, both fighters agreed on one thing.
A possible fifth fight . . . Click here for more
By Felipe Leon
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
“This is truly like a family affair.” No words could have described the atmosphere at the post fight press conference better than the words uttered by Gary Shaw as a stoic Israel Vazquez (44-5, 33KO) and a triumphant Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35KO) made their way to the dais with their respective teams. Despite the heavy artillery that both fighters have unleashed on each other for twenty-five rounds as part of quite possibly the greatest boxing trilogy in boxing history, only words of respect and praise were shared by the both camps. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
With his now-handicapped friend watching at ringside, Filipino bantanweight prospect Michael Domingo exacted a short but sweet revenge as he poleaxed Colombian Luis Melendez in the second round Sunday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu, Philippines. Domingo, 30, stalked Melendez as soon as the bell opened the highly emotional bout with the Filipino throwing few but punishing hooks to the body. “That was what Z told me. Melendez can take a punch to the face but he can easily get hurt with body shots,” said Melendez moments after the fight. (more…)
World champion Yuri Foreman was mobbed by fans at the Israeli Day Parade in New York City on Sunday. Yuri, Grand Marshall of the Israeli Day Parade, signed hundreds of autographs while on the parade route. Foreman takes on Miguel Cotto on Top Rank’s big Stadium Slugfest on June 5 at the Yankee Stadium. Click here for more photos…
Heavyweight Ed Perry moved to 18-4 with 11 KOs after a third round TKO over Robert Mendoza (0-3) on Saturday night at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. In other action, super middleweight Brian Cohen (15-2, 14 KOs) blew away Jason Wilson (0-5) in two rounds, super middleweight Ryan Franklin (4-7, 3 KOs) halted Anthony Gott (0-4) in round one, super middleweight Sidney Gurley (3-1, 2 KOs) dispatched Francis McKechnie (3-16, 3 KOs) in round one, pro debuting Willie Price (1-0, 1 KO) took out Mike Krull (0-9) in round one, in a female fight Kimberly Thomas (1-0) stopped Tracy Shanks (0-1) in one, and in the only fight to go the distance, super middleweight Ed Gates (2-0, 1 KOs) outpointed Guy Packer (3-27-2) over four. The promoter of the card was RK Promotions and the card was sanctioned by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Boxing Commission.
Former Contender star Joey Gilbert (19-2, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Anthony Bartinelli (20-14-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. The one-sided bout bout was stopped by the referee, much to the displeasure of Bartinelli who wanted to continue.
Achieving an eight-fight win streak is an impressive feat even if many do not know that you’ve accomplished it. This aptly applies to Mike Russow, the understated and underrated UFC heavyweight that entered the organization with a seven-fight unbeaten streak and then made it eight with a unanimous decision victory over Justin McCully at UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira . . . Click for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading PA, Travis “GW Hope” Kauffman (20-1, 16 KOs) showed that he is once again back as a one of up and coming prospects in the heavyweight division by easily stopping hard punching veteran, Chris “Special K” Koval (24-7, 18 KOs) of Youngstown Ohio in the second round of their scheduled ten round main event, capturing the WBF Intercontinental heavyweight title. The exciting nine bout Pro-Am card promoted by Kings Promotions also featured two other professional bouts. In the four round co-feature of the evening, lightweight Van Oscar Penovaroff moved to (5-0-1, 4 KOs) with a devastating third round knockout of Travis “The Animal” Thompson (3-7-1, 2 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
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