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By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
Finally. The official announcement has been made for the WBC world title bout between two legendary Mexican warriors, current featherweight champion Jhonny González (56-8, 47 KOs) and his challenger, multiple division champ Jorge “Travieso” Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) to be held on October 4 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico by Televisa.
Jhonny Gonzalez: “I’m ready to defend my title against anyone. I respect Arce for all that he’s done in boxing, but now is my time and and this will be my night.”
Jorge Arce: “I want to win and I am going to win. Those who are picking Jhonny are going to be wrong. I am determined to get my sixth belt.”
Promoter Oswaldo Kuchle: “To Promociones del Pueblo this is a great victory for the TV boxing broadcast to unify the two biggest Mexican TV companies in TV Azteca and our partner Televisa. This fight may be the start to other mega boxing night in the future.” photos
InterBox and Lucian Bute (31-2-0 24 KOs) have announced that the Romania native will continue his career and his training under trainer of the year Freddie Roach and his team. A few weeks ago, while Lucian was visiting California, the famous trainer got to see him in action. Impressed by what he saw, and being confident in Bute’s abilities, the alliance between Freddie Roach and the Laval resident naturally came to fruition.
“It’s an honor for me to benefit from the advices of a renown trainer. I have the intention to give everything I have to come back strong in the ring for my fans and the boxing supporters,” said Bute. He will join Manny Pacquiao’s training camp in the Philippines. This training camp is held for Manny Pacquiao’s November 22th bout vs Chris Algieri in China. The goal is to continue working on his technique and also continuing his own preparation for his return scheduled in the next few months. (more…)
Heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham (27-6, 12 KOs) takes on unbeaten Natu “The Truth” Visinia (10-0, 8 K0s) on Saturday evening, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena when NBCSN’s popular Fight Night boxing series returns to South Philadelphia. Cunningham’s brutal battle with then-undefeated Amir “Hardcore” Mansour on April 4 in front of an electrified hometown crowd earned him the USBA Heavyweight Title and was an instant classic.
The Oct. 18 show also features a solid 10-round junior lightweight contest between Edner Cherry, of Wauchula, FL, and Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX. The Fight Night telecast will begin at 9 PM ET. The doors will open at 6 PM.
Cunningham, 38, spent the majority of his career at cruiserweight before moving up to heavyweight two years ago. “This is the third undefeated heavyweight that I am facing and he has more career heavyweight fights than I do,” Cunningham explained. “I have fought more undefeated heavyweight fighters than some heavyweights fight in their entire career. I am up for the challenge. It is always a challenge fighting a young untested fighter, but a job has to be done. We are going to do the job, get this victory and be impressive.” (more…)
History will be made in female boxing on September 13, 2014 when IBF Champion Ivana Habazin and WBC, WBA and WBO Champion Cecelia Braekhus meet in the ring at TAP 1 in Copenhagen, Denmark, each aiming to become the first undisputed female welterweight champion of the world. The fight, headlining a card properly titled “Making History,” will be the first unification fight in female boxing history where all four titles are on the line. IBF President Daryl Peoples stated, “On behalf of the IBF, I wish both of these talented women the best of luck on this day and congratulate them on reaching this pinnacle in their careers. Ivana Habazin and Cecilia Braekhus have worked hard to get to this point and as an organization we are proud to be a part of this momentous event in the sport.”
European bantamweight champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov (23-1, 16 KOs) scored a one round blow out of previously unbeaten Gagi Edisherashvili (7-1, 6 KOs) in Minsk on Wednesday night. Zhakiyanov, fighting under the Hatton Promotions banner, added the vacant WBC EPBC bantamweight title to his European crown. He will be back in action against Australia’s former Commonwealth title challenger Fred Fundraby on the Rabchenko v Mundine undercard in Melbourne on November 12 and another win will likely see him box for a world title in early 2015.
On the undercard, light-welterweight KO artist Kirill Relikh took his perfect record to 17-0 with 15 KOs after demolishing George Abramishvili (10-5-1, 5 KOs) in the second round.
WBA “regular” super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg and challenger Stephane Jamoye faced off Thursday at the final press conference for their world title clash on Saturday night at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England.
Scott Quigg: I don’t underestimate anyone but I have been in the gym solidly since Munyai and I promise a career-best performance on Saturday.
Stephane Jamoye: The move up to Super Bantam will help me and I am expecting to win on Saturday night.
“I have to focus on my fight. I can’t focus on anything else going on, I have a tough fighter in front me and he needs all my focus. We’ve had a remarkable training camp. Truly unbelievable. I feel a lot stronger than last time. It’s about hard work, dedication, prayers, belief and a good team. I know I’m almost 40, but I’m still going strong. I want to go out there and perform.
“The first fight was very interesting. Hopefully this time around the fight is even more exciting. Maidana is always in top shape. He absolutely deserves this rematch. I commend him for stepping up and making it happen again. I’m a true champion and a true champion never backs down. I need a knockout and I’m going for it. I need it to make a statement. First for myself, I want to do it for me. (more…)
“I think I did get tired in the first fight. I have to pace myself a little better and this time around I will be better. If the knockout comes great, but I’m ready to go the distance as well. I’m ready to make history. I have to use my distance a little more and pick and choose my punches. I wasted too many punches last fight. I have to work my distance correctly and get leverage.
“I think Floyd got pressured by the press and I think that he knows the first fight was close so he’s giving me the rematch and I have to take full advantage. I actually had two full months to prepare this time. I worked very hard and that’s probably why I look a little skinnier this time. I think Floyd is going to run but I’m going to have to do a good job of cutting off the ring.”
Hall of Fame boxing official Larry Hazzard has been reinstated as commissioner of the New Jersey Athletic Control Board. Next week Hazzard replaces Aaron Davis, who is taking to another state job. Hazzard headed the Control Board for 22 years before being ousted in 2007 due to a conflict with the NJ Attorney General’s Office, which oversees the boxing commission.
The undercard for the upcoming UFC Fight Night show in Brasilia, Brazil showcases a slew of veteran fighters looking to return to their winning ways after recent setbacks. While there are a few prospects littering this undercard, it’s the veterans who really highlight the show here, with five bouts in total and 45 total fights of UFC experience between 10 fighters . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Formerly world ranked Khabir Suleymanov (17-4-1, 6 KOs) based out of Southern California will look to upset unbeaten Jonathan Guzman (16-0, 16 KOs) of the Dominican Republic on October 4. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds and contracted weight of 123 pounds. Site will be the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. “We as a team decided to take this fight because we think its a good opportunity for Khabir. He will be fighting at a very comfortable weight and is training extremely hard for this fight. His trainer Buddy McGirt will have him prepared to pull off the upset,” said his manager Andrew Zak CEO of Journeyman Management. (more…)
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Luis Ortiz 233.8 vs. Lateef Kayode 221.2
(WBA interim heavyweight title)
Jesus Cuellar 125.6 vs. Juan Manuel Lopez 125
(WBA interim featherweight title)
Jermall Charlo 155.8 vs. Norberto Gonzalez 156.2
Julian Williams 154.2 vs. Eliezer Gonzalez 154.2
Errol Spence 148 vs. Noe Bolanos 149.8
Josesito Lopez 146 vs. Rafael Cobos 146.4
Jamel Herring 134.4 vs. Luis Pelayo 137
Jordan Shimmell 197.8 vs. Joell Godfrey 199.6
Prichard Colon 151.2 vs. Christopher Degollado 150.6
Bryant Perrella 147 vs. Victor Fonseca 147.6
Oscar Negrete 118.8 vs. Gabriel Braxton 119
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico will be the venue for not one, but two world title fights on September 20.
In the main event, Orlando “Siri” Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs) faces Terdsak “Pit Bull” Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33 KOs) for the vacant WBO interim jr lightweight belt. The interim title was ordered due to the inactivity of WBO 130lb champion Mikey Garcia.
In the second world title fight, Javier “Cobrita” Mendoza (21-2-1, 18 KOs) meets Ramon “Principe” Garcia Hirales (20-4-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBF jr flyweight title. That title became vacant when reigning champion John Riel Casimero lost the title on the scale in May.
Before the main event and televised bouts on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME PPV get underway Saturday, boxing fans arriving early at the MGM Grand Garden Arena can see seven additional non-televised fights.
Undefeated and coming off an impressive technical knockout victory on Aug. 30, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (7-0, 7 KOs) is one of the top rising stars in the Mayweather Promotions’ stable. The Chicago native looks to remain undefeated when he faces Lake Odessa, Michigan’s Caleb Grummet (3-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round cruiserweight match. (more…)
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Cruiserweight Garrett Wilson, 13-7-1, 7 KOs, held an open workout Wednesday in advance of his nationally televised main event with South African Thabiso Mchunu, 16-1, 11 KOs, scheduled for September 20th, at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT. The 10-round bout will be televised on NBC network TV, in a special Saturday afternoon boxing telecast. For Wilson, it will be his first fight in ten months, after an Achilles’ injury forced a cancellation of this same match up, when it was originally scheduled for January. When this bout was first proposed, Wilson was coming off a 10-round decision loss to heavyweight contender Vyacheslav Glazkov, also televised on NBC network television. Wilson accepted that fight on just three-day’s notice.
An unknown Mchunu bounced onto to the boxing scene with an impressive shutout of contender Eddie Chambers about one year ago, in his first fight outside of South Africa. He followed that up with another win in January against Olan Durodola, a fight that earned Mchunu the NABF cruiserweight title previously owned by Wilson. Garrett never lost that belt in the ring. He was forced to vacate the belt when he fought an IBF eliminator bout in Romania.
With a win against Mchunu, Wilson would reclaim his belt and earn a top-ten ranking among the world’s 200-pounders. However, Mchunu is considered a tough test, even without such a long layoff. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Aleem Whitfield 188 vs. Eric George 189.2
Martez Potter 155.8 vs. Antonio Chaves Fernandez 155
Tony Brinson 172 vs. Donovan Scott 171.6
Joe Shell 133.8 vs. Dante Palmer 133
Brandon Williams 132.6 vs. Joe Gbolo 135.2
Paul DeLong 296 vs. Ray Santiago 234
Usiel Hernandez 132.4 vs. Tyrell White 134.8
Venue: Holiday Inn Liverpool, NY
Promoter: JKJ Championship Promotions (Jay Johnson)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Doors Open: 6 p.m. First Bell: 7 p.m.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, in Toronto for his acclaimed one-man show, didn’t like like the direction this live TV interview was taking. WARNING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE
The WBO World Championship Committee has announced that WBO #1 ranked contender Matt Korobov and WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade will fight for the belt formerly held by Peter Quillin, who relinquished the title rather than face Korobov. Andrade was chosen over WBO #2 contender Billy Joe Saunders, whom the WBO noted has never faced a top 15 opponent. Both sides have 15 days to reach an agreement or a purse bid will be called.
Photos: Joel A. Colon-PRBB
WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather and former champion Marcos Maidana faced off at the final press conference on Wednesday for their showdown on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The mood seemed somewhat muted due to heat Floyd has received from some in the press over comments he made on the Ray Rice situation. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe admonished the press over the treatment Floyd’s been getting.
Leonard Ellerbe: He’s become a guy who wears a target on his back. No matter what he says, no matter what he does, people form an opinion, they tend to take things out of context. But it just comes with the territory. When you’re on top and you’ve been on top for so many years people are gunning at you. And the least little thing you say or do, no matter how you feel, things get taken out of context. This guy’s had a phenomenal career, he’s beat everybody we put in front of him, he’s been the best fighter in the world. He’s been world champion ever since 1998 when he defeated Hernandez in a wonderful, wonderful fight, he’s gone on to beat a number of world champions, and he still tends to this day to get criticized for his work inside the ring, which is mind-boggling. In my eyes he will go down as the best ever to do it, and no matter what anyone says he can only fight and beat the fighters in his era…all this hating and criticism about this and that, you guys need to stop! Just cut it out…the reason that boxing hasn’t crossed over into a mainstream sport as a whole is because we’re too hard, we’re always trying to find ways to denigrate, to down and criticize people’s accomplishments and a lot of times it’s done by people who’ve never boxed before and don’t know what it means to be in his shoes.
Floyd Mayweather: “I’ve had a remarkable training camp…truly unbelievable…it’s all about blood, sweat and tears and that’s what the fans will see Saturday night…the first fight was very interesting. Hopefully this one is even more exciting. He deserves the rematch. A true champion never backs down so I accepted the rematch.”
Marcos Maidana: I’m ready to make history.
With a stacked card coming to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this Thursday, Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz, Lateef “Power” Kayode, Jesus “El Jinete” Cuellar and Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez sat down with the media in Las Vegas to discuss their respective title bouts airing live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
Here is what the fighters said Thursday:
Luis Ortiz: “I have worked very hard for this fight and it’s a great opportunity and I’m not going to waste it. I have seen one or two of Kayode’s fights and I am prepared. You will see my preparation materialize in the ring on Thursday night. Kayode is a trash talker and I take that as a sign of weakness. A lot of heavyweight fighters are in Cuba in amateur competitions, but I take pride in knowing that I am a professional Cuban heavyweight. I am going to continue working and doing my part and fight whoever steps up. I am the next heavyweight champion. I am going to keep doing my part so I can get there. When I need to be a power puncher, I will do it. When I need to box, I will do it. When I need to be defensive, I will do it. When I need to attack and get the job done, I will do it. If there is a specific name for all of those styles – then that is the kind of fighter I am.”
Lateef Kayode: “I feel as good as I did at cruiserweight, I’m still the same powerful guy. My trainer Freddie Roach has spent a lot of time in the gym with me. He has taught me a lot about my opponents and how to take advantage of them. I notice the difference when Freddie tells me things to adjust my game. He helped me with my footwork and positioning. He taught me new ways to make my opponents pay. Freddie told me that if I listen to him I will have no problem with this guy. He’s there to make life easier for me. I will be able to keep composure and keep calm in the ring. It’s not an easy task to fine-tune my brute force and strength but I feel great about where I am. After I knock Ortiz out or whatever I do to him, after that I will leave it up to my manager to try to get me a fight with Klitschko. I’m not scared to fight anybody.”
Jesus Cuellar: “I feel good and ready. I have been training with Robert Garcia for this fight and we had a great camp. I feel blessed that the Latino fans especially the Mexican fans have been following me and giving me the support I need. I know that this is going to be a hard fight. I’ve been training hard for it in intense camp and I’m here to do my job and take the victory home. The fans expect me to show how I box and I am prepared to go the distance but I am also ready for it if it goes faster than that.
Juan Manuel Lopez: “This is a difficult fight but I’ve been a two-division world champion, and I wasn’t going to take easy fights that the public and my fans wouldn’t respect. We know 100 percent that my career is at stake and I can’t afford a loss, but that’s why we came ready and in the best possible shape. I don’t want my career to end on a note like the Francisco Vargas loss. We know what’s ahead of us and what this fight means. It’s very important for me. The person who I thought would have tried to convince me to retire was my mother. She’s been my biggest supporter and my biggest fan. She was there at the Vargas fight, and I really thought she was going to try to convince me to stop boxing. But she’s continued supporting and backing me 100 percent. Of course, I want to go for one big payday and retire. That’s every fighter’s dream, to get the biggest payday and retire. I always said at 32 I’d like to retire, but things happened to stall that a little bit. But I’m not going to go past 34. I want to retire before then. I see a very strong fighter in Jesus Cuellar. I see a young fighter that wants to be the best in the world and a champion. That makes him very dangerous. My advantage is that I’ve been here on this stage and the experience that I have at this level, you cannot buy it.”
The Ultimate Fighter season 20’s Heather Jo Clark isn’t a name dropper, and that’s probably a good thing, because if she ran down the litany of standout fighters and coaches she’s worked with over the years, she might have a tough time finding opponents. But if she won’t run down that list, I will . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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PR Best Boxing Promotions, promoter of the flyweight contender McWilliams Arroyo, will submit a formal protest to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) regarding his split decision defeat against the 112lb IBF champion Amnat Ruenroeng this morning in Thailand. Peter Rivera, Vice-President of PRBBP, said that in the protest will demand an immediate rematch between Arroyo (15-2, 13 KOs) and Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs), who won a close decision over Arroyo by scores of 115-114, 114 -113 for him and 114-113 for Arroyo. “We will file a formal protest to the IBF because the outcome of the fight could have been different if the referee (Pat Russell) would have acted differently and not let the fight out of his hands,” Rivera said. “We will demand an immediate rematch before the end of the year.”
During the fight, Arroyo dropped Ruenroeng in round six. But Ruenroeng was holding the entire fight and sent Arroyo to the canvas several times, always holding and pushing him. “I think the fight got out of the hands to the referee. He (Russell) warned Ruenroeng several times, but did not deduct points for holding and pushing,” added Rivera. “Also (Russell) stopped the action in several rounds before the three minutes.”
Meanwhile, Arroyo, who lost for the second time in his career, showed his displeasure for not winning the title, but also said that he is determined to achieve his dream of becoming world champion. “I’m a little sad because I could not get the win, but I’m positive and ready to continue my career and fulfill my dream of becoming world champion,” said Arroyo. “We did everything I could, but my opponent was holding and pushing all the fight.”
By Jerry Glick
Photos by Peter Frutkoff/PeterFrutkoff.com
Chris Algieri is just what boxing needs.
He has it all! He is a thoroughbred, he is a classy boxer, he’s educated, highly intelligent, well spoken, polite, and professional, with movie star looks.
He and his next opponent, Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) are likeable, humble, and respectful of each other. They will clash on November 22nd in Macao, China, on a Top Rank/Star Boxing promoted show, televised live on HBO PPV, in a fight between two WBO World Champions: Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) is the junior welterweight title holder and he is challenging the Pacman for his welterweight championship.
Their two-week 27,000-plus mile international media tour to hype the “Champion vs. Champion” event ended last week in New York City. (more…)
Tyson Fury’s path has been cleared for his showdown with rival Dereck Chisora after he was fined £15,000 today by the British Boxing Board of Control on a charge of misconduct for swearing at a press conference. The pair will now finally settle unfinished business at the ExCeL London in a WBO World Heavyweight title eliminator with the European and Vacant British titles also on the line. Promoter Frank Warren will hold a press conference on Monday in London with Chisora and Fury in attendance.
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