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Star of David Promotions CEO Dmitriy Salita has announced his next show on September 18 at the Master Theater in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Cruiserweight Junior Wright (10-0-1, 9 KOs), who wowed the crowd in the last Brooklyn Brawl, back in May, will again be in action on September 18 in a six round bout.
Also, junior middleweight contender Steven Martinez (15-1, 12 KOs), co-promoted by Salita and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr, will face TBA in a six round bout. (more…)
The IBF-USBA welterweight title will be on the line Friday night at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh as local favorite Sammy Vasquez Jr. (15-0, 11 KOs) and fellow prospect James Stevenson (21-0, 14 KOs) face off in a battle of unbeatens. Promoter Mike Tyson is very hot on Vasquez. “The first time I watched Sammy Vasquez Jr. fight I knew he had something special,” stated Iron Mike. “He fights with urgency and focus unmatched by most. When that bell rings, whether the other guy knows it or not, he’s in a war and he’d better be ready because Sammy wants to end it quick.”
Co-featured is a ten round lightweight battle between Monta Meza-Clay (35-3, 21 KOs) and Allan Herrera 32-6, 21 KOs). Opening the Fox Sports 1 telecast is a six round middleweight bout between 2012 Ukrainian Olympian KO artist Ievgen Khytrov (5-0, 5 KOs) and Willie Fortune (17-1, 8 KOs).
Popular 2012 USA Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez (11-0, 8 KOs) will be back in action on October 25 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California. Ramirez will face an opponent to be named topping a card that will top a UniMas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” telecast. The event is dubbed “Fight for Water 3,” and is designed to raise awareness on the Central Valley’s water woes. Ramirez previously headlined two other “Fight for Water” cards, last November in Lemoore and this past May in Frenso.
Joe Louis’ old boxing gym is up for demolition in Detroit. More
“Thank God I’m okay,” says Jamie Moore, who is recovering from a gunshot wound. More
“Pacman is a tougher rival than Floyd,” says Amir Khan, hoping for a showdown against either one. More
Local newspaper coverage of the Klitschko-Briggs restaurant tussle. More
By Karl Freitag
King Kong Boxing, the management company of unbeaten WBA #2 rated Luis Ortiz, has announced that Ortiz will be facing fellow unbeaten WBA #5 rated Lateef Kayode for the vacant WBA interim title. The bout will be on September 11 at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Ortiz is 21-0 with 18 KOs, while Kayode is 20-0 with 16 KOs.
Update: WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto J. Mendoza told Fightnews.com that as of Tuesday night Golden Boy Promotions has yet to send an official request for sanction, however he did confirm that the WBA Championships Committee has passed a resolution to let Ortiz be the official contender or box for an interim title.
Last June when they fought at MSG on the Cotto-Martinez undercard, Felix Verdejo received criticism for knocking out his opponent way too fast, and Jose ‘Wonder Boy’ Lopez was criticized for having to extend his fight to a decision. Now the prized Puerto Rican prospects will be the main eventers on a card billed “Future Stars” that will be presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions on August 16 at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas.
Verdejo, who is the lightweight super prospect of Top Rank, improved his record to 13-0 with 10 knockouts on June 7 by knocking out Mexico’s Engelberto Valenzuela in 77 seconds. On August 16 he will be facing his most difficult opponent to date in Chile’s Oscar Bravo (21-5, 9 KO’s). It will be Verdejo’s first eight round fight.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to fight home once again. I will be ready to give my best and bring happiness to my people.” said Verdejo. “I don’t know much about my opponent, other than that he’s very experienced and has never been knocked out. This will be a good opportunity to demonstrate that I can keep my rhythm in a long fight,” added the former Olympian. (more…)
Former boxer Jamie Moore is recovering in a Marbella, Spain hospital after being shot in both legs gangland style over the weekend. Moore was in town to train Matthew Macklin for an August 30 bout against Jorge Sebastian Heiland in Dublin, Ireland. Authorities believe the attack on Moore was a case of mistaken identity.
Macklin issued an update on Moore’s condition via Twitter: “Just to let everyone know Jamie Moore is still in hospital but he’s ok. He was shot in his legs but the doctors have said there shouldn’t be any serious or permanent damage done.”
By James Slater
This Friday night in Fallon, Nevada, two-time Olympian Zhang Zhilei will make his eagerly awaited pro debut. The Chinese southpaw, who had a stellar amateur career and is promoted by Dino Duva’s Dynasty Promotions and is co-trained by Harold “The Shadow” Knight, is expected to go far in the pro ranks and Duva himself is hugely excited by his latest signing.
“Zhang’s debut will be a 4-rounder, but I feel he will move up to 6 and 8 rounds pretty quickly,” Duva explains. “I’m massively excited. Obviously I’ve worked with some great legends from the sport in the past but, and I’m not just saying it, the sky is the limit with this. Zhang is the whole package. He has athleticism, personality, boxing ability, marketability – everything. And I do honestly believe Zhang will go down in history as one of the most important heavyweights ever. He’s a very intriguing athlete. He’s still developing obviously, but if he develops as I believe he can develop, he will go down in history as one of the most important heavyweights in a long, long time.” (more…)
HBO Boxing delivered again in the ratings Saturday night with a live Boxing After Dark tripleheader.
Per Nielsen Media Research, 175-pound title-holder Sergey Kovalev’s second round TKO of Blake Caparello on Saturday night in Atlantic City produced the eighth top performing live bout on cable TV this year. 990,000 viewers tuned in for the live, first-time airing on HBO. The audience peaked at 1,052,000 viewers.
Kovalev, who is signed to fight fellow title-holder and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins in early November in a blockbuster light heavyweight unification showdown on HBO, last fought in March when he headlined a card from Atlantic City. In the main event on March 29, Kovalev’s win over Cedric Agnew registered 1,006,000 viewers on HBO, making it the sixth most watched fight of the season. In the middle bout of a tripleheader on Aug. 2, Kovalev registered essentially the same viewership.
All of the top ten fights televised live on cable TV this year have aired on HBO.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones looks to extend his historic reign over the talented 205-pound division Saturday, Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas when he takes on bitter rival and No. 2 contender Daniel Cormier. Jones will look to make his record eighth light heavyweight title defense against the two-time U.S. Olympian Cormier. (more…)
All Star Boxing, Tuto Zabala Jr and Deportes Telemundo closes the summer edition of their successful series Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford this Friday, August 8, 2014 at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City with a boxing classic Mexico vs Puerto Rico.
In a clash of young upcoming prospects Edgar “El Nene” Ortega (14-1-10 KOs) of Torreon Coahuila, Mexico faces undefeated Daniel Rosario Cruz (8-0-7 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a bout schedule for 10 Rounds with the vacant WBO Latin Welterweight Title at stake. Rosario is trained by Evangelista Cotto. “This is a great match up between two upcoming welterweight prospects, it will be an all out war, when you have two young warriors from Mexico and Puerto Rico the results are guaranteed” said Zabala.
First bell at 8:00 PM, 6 mores fights round up the card. Telemundo Network will televise the main event live at 11:35 PM. Tickets are already on sale at Salon Jose Cuervo (Lago Andromaco #17, esq. Moliere, Ampliacion Granada, Mexico DF, Tel: 53259000 or at ticketmaster.com.mx. Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos: John DiSanto
When Danny Garcia and Rod Salka face off Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, they couldn’t be in more diverse positions. One fighter doesn’t figure to win, even though he’s almost guaranteed a victory. The other isn’t given a snowball’s chance in the fight, but should find himself in a better position, no matter how bad he may lose.
Since it was announced, the fight, which will be televised live on Showtime, has gone through quite a few growing pains. What was originally scheduled as a 12-round junior welterweight world title fight, was rejected for sanction by the WBA and WBC, shrunken to 10 rounds, and then bloated to a 142-pound catch-weight bout. To say that this fight has had a rocky road would be an understatement.
“To me, it doesn’t really matter if this is a title fight or not,” Garcia said. “It’s my show. I’m going to put on a great performance. I’m going to go out there and give the fans a great fight. So don’t worry about it not being a title fight because it’s still a fight.” (more…)
Throughout the history of combat sports, different regions have been known to produce a certain type of fighter. Industrial footholds churn out gritty, blue-collar types, while fighters from coastal areas seem to possess a particular brand of finesse. While there are exceptions to every archetype, the rule has usually remained consistent . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The Fall series of Boxeo Telemundo Ford will kick off on October 3rd. In the main event, local favorite Daniel Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) will meet Jonathan Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The bout will be a twelve-rounder for the WBO Latino super flyweight title. The Location will be the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Shea Bailey Promotions and Pier 6. (more…)
Scott Quigg will defend his WBA world super bantamweight title against former world champion Paulus Ambunda in Manchester at the Phones 4u Arena on September 13. Quigg defends the title for the third time against the current WBA and IBF International super bantamweight champion who claimed those titles in May in his first fight at 122lbs since stepping up from bantamweight where he won the WBO world title in March 2013.
Akso, lightweight Anthony Crolla takes on former world champion Gamaliel Diaz, Scotty Cardle takes on Kirk Goddings in a British title final eliminator. Sam Eggington will face Denton Vassell in a British Welterweight title eliminator with Sam Hyde, Gamal Yafai, Jack Massey and Liam Hanrahan all set for action.
Still no opponent for WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, who will return on September 27 in a Showtime-televised bout from Montreal. However, regardless to who ends up in the other corner, Stevenson is already making long term plans. “Next fight after September 27 is a unification for the WBA title against Juergen Braehmer in December or January,” said Stevenson Monday on his Facebook page. “After this fight, I’ll take the winner between Hopkins and Kovalev.”
Former European champion Jamie Moore was the victim of a shooting. More
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By Matt Thompson
After the conclusion of his camp to prepare for 140 kingpin Danny “Swift” Garcia (28-0) this Saturday on Showtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3) sat down with Fightnews for an exclusive Q&A.
How have you prepared for your major fight this Saturday in Brooklyn versus undefeated Ring Magazine, WBC and WBA 140 pound champion Danny Garcia?
I have had a great 8 week camp in California, Pennsylvania. Many miles of roadwork throughout the hills here and several solid sparring partners have prepared me to be in the best shape of my career. The watchful eye of my trainers Buzz Garnic and Paul Spadafora have not only sharpened me physically, but their tutelage has also kept me mentally sharp, too. (more…)
The WBO has given the camps of WBA/WBO super bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and WBO #1 rated Chris Avalos 30 days to negotiate Rigondeaux’s next defense of the WBO belt. If no deal is reached, a purse bid will be ordered. Minimum acceptable bid is $100,000. Rigondeaux is coming off a first round KO of Sod Kokietgym on July 19 in Macao.
By Robert Coster
Unbeaten record-setting boxer Ali Raymi, currently rated #7 by the WBO, says there is a big money offer on the table if WBA/IBO strawweight champion Hekkie “The Hex-ecutioner” Budler will face him in Yemen. Raymi had the following message for Budler’s trainer Colin Nathan:
“Budler gets $100,000 to fight me in Yemen,” said Raymi. “The sponsor offer in Yemen pays better than in South Africa or Monte Carlo, so it’s good for me and Budler. I am the only name that can get Budler a big fight. If somehow you have a better venue that you prefer I will still KO him anywhere you want. It’s better in Yemen so he can blame the loss on being far away from home. (more…)
Having achieved its goal of making a light heavyweight unification fight for Sergey Kovalev, Main Events filed paperwork in the Southern District of New York today formally dropping their lawsuit against Groupe Yvon Michel, Inc., Yvon Michel, Adonis Stevenson, Al Haymon, Showtime, Golden Boy Promotions, Inc., and Richard Schaefer. With the announcement of the upcoming unification bout between WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) and WBA/IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), Main Events succeeded in obtaining the result it sought for Kovalev.
Main Events filed the lawsuit in April after Groupe Yvon Michel and Stevenson failed to honor an agreement for a scheduled bout between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs). Now that Kovalev is scheduled for a unification bout with Hopkins, Main Events decided to drop the suit without prejudice, retaining the right to reinstate the litigation in the event the fight between Hopkins and Kovalev does not proceed as scheduled. (more…)
Former world champion and current WBU junior welterweight champion Michael Katsidis “The Great”, is once again ready to take on the world. Fresh off his 12 round victory over long time rival Graham Earl for the WBU crown, his second fight back after a brief break from the sport, Katsidis is eyeing off potential match ups with Englishman Derry Mathews, former lightweight champ and foe Juan Diaz and hard hitting warrior Brandon Rios. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) is pleased to announce that Carlos Juarez has joined the company as Vice President, Spanish Language Production. In his role, Juarez will oversee all Spanish-language productions and direct overall content execution from inception to delivery. He will also be responsible for all domestic and international studio television and digital production, as well as live and taped Pay-Per-View and television shows. (more…)
Former two-time world champion Randall “The Knock-Out King” Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) is having trouble finding opponents. “I hit too hard for most guys to take the risk,” admits the 39-year-old Bailey. “If I get a fight, it’s because there’s no way around it. They have to fight me. Nobody is picking me. Nobody says ‘you know what? I want to fight someone tough.’ If it’s not a mandatory and they can get around me, they all do.”
“I always get the runaround,” continued Bailey. “I sent an offer to a promoter the other day and they basically told me they don’t want to match me with their guy and because I’ll beat him and they’re trying to make their money back they put into him. Or I get a fight and they shut the show down. I had a fight scheduled for June 7. They tried to get out of it, but the IBF made them take the fight. So, then they went all the way up to the week of the event and canceled it. Then they rescheduled the event and didn’t put me on the show. My fight disappeared somehow.” (more…)
The IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight titles are all on the line when Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins takes on Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev meet in November at an East Coast venue to be named. Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events officially announced the fight today. Hopkins, incredibly just two months short of his 50th birthday, will be seeking to add the WBO light heavyweight belt to his collection of IBF and WBA belts. Kovalev, who burst on the scene just a year ago, has never lost a fight and has won 23 of his 25 victories by knockout.
“Everything I do at this point in my career affects my legacy,” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) said. “I’ve set and broken many records, but becoming the oldest undisputed light heavyweight world champion is the goal and Kovalev stands in the way of that goal. He’s another young, hungry fighter and just like the ones that came before him, he will leave the ring beltless.”
“I respect Bernard Hopkins for taking this fight,” said the 31-year-old Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs). “When I came to America, it was dream to fight the best and now I am fighting, I have my chance. He says he is alien. He punch, I punch, then we see who is gonna go to Mars.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Last night at the famed Tijuana Palenque, Round 13 Promotions along with Gonzalez Boxing Promotions presented a lively club-level fight card with live music, ten professional fights and started it off with ten amateur fights focusing on the growing female boxing contingent in the city. Out of the ten amateur fights presented, five were between young women and out of the ten pro bouts, the main event featured local fighting teenager Tania Enriquez (4-0, 2KO) as she quickly stopped over matched first timer Ana “Kika” Perez (0-1) both of Tijuana in the first round of a scheduled flyweight four.
After an impressive forty-fight amateur career, Enriquez went pro late last year with a first round knock out of Dulce Galaviz. Six months later Enriquez came back to go four round to earn a unanimous decision over the experienced Diana “Mamba Negra” Gonzalez and in June had an easier time beating Gonzalez again in Ensenada. (more…)
Unbeaten super middleweight prospect Tyron Zeuge (14-0, 8 KOs) will vacate his WBO Youth title in order to challenge for the vacant IBF International belt against journeyman Baker Barakat (40-16-4, 27 KOs) on August 16 at the Erfurt Exhibition Hall in Thuringia, Germany. “Barakat is a very experienced boxer,” said Zeuge’s coach Karsten Roewer. “He has beaten Khoren Gevor, who had challenged Arthur Abraham and Felix Sturm in world championship fights. This will be a good test for Tyron.”
Topping the bill will be the IBF world cruiserweight championship clash between Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Firat Arslan.
Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Junior welterweight contender Edgar Santana, undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali, middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs, undefeated light heavyweight and 2012 U.S.Olympian Marcus Browne, former two-division world champion/Showtime sports analyst Pauli Malignaggi and undefeated super lightweight prospect Zachary Ochoa participated in an autograph session on Sunday at the famous Coney Island in New York.
This Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Santana will challenge IBF junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson and Jacobs will face Jarrod Fletcher for the vacant WBA middleweight world title as part of a Showtime tripleheader. Ali faces Jeremy Bryan, Browne will face Paul Vazquez and Ochoa will face Luis Cervantes on the undercard.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Berridge
WBO #9, WBA #12 light heavyweight Robert” The Butcher” Berridge (24-1, 20 KOs) talks to Fightnews to say he is looking forward to making his American debut on August 9 against Vasily Lepkhin (15-0, 8 KOs) at the Sands Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The bout will be televised in the U.S. on the NBC Sports Network.
You are scheduled to make USA debut when you clash with unbeaten Russian, Vasily Lepikhin on Saturday. Have you watched tapes of him? Is he a dangerous opponent? Are you confident of victory?
I have to be honest, I usually don’t study my opponents videos. I may see their videos once or twice but that is do that I can put a face to my next opponent. Every unbeaten opponent is a dangerous opponent. I have trained hard and I’m ready to leave a mark on the USA fight scene. (more…)
Ben Kenney has spent his entire life playing music.
Over the past two decades, the New Jersey native has forged a versatile arsenal of skills that has taken him from his early days in Race Car, to an acclaimed stretch with Philadelphia’s musical institution The Roots, to behind the bass guitar for the multi-platinum modern rock staple Incubus. Kenney’s musical talents have taken him around the world and back ten times over, and while chords, beats, and harmonies are his first love, he’s always held a special place for mixed martial arts . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Graham Houston
There are fouls that are so blatant that a disqualification is not only warranted but indeed is the only sensible recourse for a referee — think of Andrew Golota’s low-blow barrages in the two fights with Riddick Bowe or Mike Tyson’s ear-biting against Evander Holyfield. Other DQs come into the “grey area” category. Still others have you thinking: “What was that all about?”
Brandon Rios’s DQ win in the ninth round against Diego Chaves in Las Vegas on Saturday had elements of all of the above.
The disqualification at that particular juncture was puzzling, to me and I am sure to many others, because there seemed no obvious foul when referee Vic Drakulich waved his arms in the “fight’s over” gesture. (more…)
Former boxer James Stokes talks about finding himself homeless. More
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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Having dropped unbeaten WBA 130-pound champ Takashi Uchiyama despite a defeat on points in a quest for the belt last December, highly expected super-feather Daiki Kaneko (21-3-3, 14 KOs) showed his strength in halting a game Filipino Cirilo Espino (19-14-3, 12 KOs) at 1:10 of the fourth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Kaneko, an upright stylist, sank the shorter infighter on the deck with a well-timed right uppercut midway in round three, though the Filipino beat the count and resumed fighting positively. In the fatal fourth Kaneko’s overhand right connected with the optic of Espino, who claimed that his vision wasn’t clear and complete. The ref declared a halt to save the quitter from further punishment. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBC female 102-pound champ Momo Koseki (19-2-1, 6 KOs) kept her belt for the fourteenth time as she halted WBC#2 Denise Castle (2-1, 2 KOs) of UK at 2:09 of the eighth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a very lopsided contest as all the officials had identically tallied 70-63 prior to a well-received stoppage by the referee Fukuchi, who saw the British girl unfit to go on due to her too much absorption of punishment by the Japanese southpaw champ. Koseki, reigning for six years, registered the most number of defenses as world titlist, surpassing ex-WBA 108-pound ruler Yoko Gushiken’s thirteen defenses, though they couldn’t be compared actually in terms of the quality of opposition. (more…)
Today at the Brooklyn Nets’ Store on Coney Island, former two-division world champion and current Showtime sports analyst Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi will join “Garcia vs. Salka” fighters Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, Edgar “El Camacho” Santana, Sadam “World Kid” Ali, Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa and “Sir” Marcus Browne to greet fans and sign autographs before their respective fights on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
2 p.m. ET – Edgar Santana, Sadam Ali & Zachary Ochoa
3 p.m. ET – Daniel Jacobs, Marcus Browne & Paulie Malignaggi
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