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Harvey Dock will be the third man in the ring when WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) defends against former 122lb champ Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Judges are Guido Cavalleri (Italy), Frank Lombardi (Connecticut) and Tom Schreck (New York).
LA Fight Club will be kicking off Mexican Independence Day month on Friday, September 2 when middleweight Antonio “La Joya” Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) takes on Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (28-6-1, 26 KOs) in a ten-round “Mexico vs. Puerto Rico” clash at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. In the co-main event, unbeaten lightweight Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (14-0, 12 KOs) will square off against Jonathan “Johnny” Corrales (8-3-2, 3 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Also unbeaten lightweight Lamont Roach Jr. (11-0, 3 KOs) will face TBA. Estrella TV will televise.
Former IBF world champion Algenis Mendez weighs in for his showdown with 2012 Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell for the WBC silver lightweight title tomorrow at First Direct Arena in Leeds, England. Both fighters weighed in at 134.2 pounds. The fight will air live on SkySports TV.
Josh Warrington 125.25 vs. Patrick Hyland 128.5*
(WBC International featherweight title)
Tyrone Nurse 139.25 vs. Tommy Coyle 139.25
(British super lightweight title)
Dillian Whyte 245.5 vs. David Allen 237.5
(WBC International heavyweight title)
Ryan Burnett 117.25 vs. Cesar Ramirez 117.5
(WBC International bantamweight title)
Gamal Yafai 122 vs. Josh Wale 121
(Commonwealth super bantamweight title)
* Hyland failed to make weight
Up and coming lightweight Steven Wilcox of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada scored an impressive eight round unanimous decision over rugged Mexican Juan Orozco Thursday, July 28 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. Topping Lee Baxter Promotions’ inaugural “Next Generation” fight card and with an excited crowd supporting him, the taller Wilcox looked to use his range from the opening bell. Orozco was able to close the gap at times during the first few rounds, landing some decent shots in close quarters. Wilcox effectively adjusted and found his range, peppering Orozco with clean punches. For the remainder of the bout, Orozco attempted to press forward but was unsuccessful as Wilcox continued to land clean shots to the body and head of his game foe en route to a unanimous decision. Wilcox improves to 14-1-1 with 5 knockouts. The Orozco is now 14-4-2 with 10 KOs. (more…)
By Marco Bratusch
Saturday night at “L’Ancora” Beach Resort in Maccarese, on the seaside of Rome, Italy, Davide Buccioni’s BBT Production will stage a boxing fight night featuring six professional bouts. The main event has been awaited for several months by the local boxing fans as it’s a palatable rivalry between two Roman super middleweights. The 29-year-old, BBT promoted Valerio Ranaldi (10-1, 6 KOs), from northern Rome, will be defending his national 168lb title for the second time in his career against mandatory challenger Alessandro Sinacore (12-1, 5 KOs), a two years older southpaw promoted by OPI2000 who lost only once against Lolenga Mock in Denmark in 2015 via majority decision. (more…)
By Matt Thompson
Murphy’s Boxing returns Saturday to Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts as U.S. Marine veteran Mark “Bazooka” DeLuca (14-0, 10 KOs) faces the biggest test of his career when he battles the always tough Gabor Gorbics (19-2 12 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight showdown. In the co-main event, local fan favorite Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (15-3-2) will fight Szilvia Szabados (13-6) for the WBC female welterweight championship. (more…)
“Cherry Patch,” a play written by Ron Scott Stevens, a former two-term chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, opens tonight at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, NY. “Cherry’s Patch,” is a story about a fire engine company – located down under the Brooklyn Bridge – in the nine months leading up to the 9/11 attacks. Stevens’ record in boxing ranges from commissioner to promoter to matchmaker to ring announcer, however he has been writing plays for more than 30 years. “Boxing is theatre in its purest form,” says Stevens. “The ring approximates the stage and the audience can become captivated as the events evolve until they reach their conclusion.” The play will also serve as a benefit for Ulster County Volunteer Fire Departments.
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) is a -600 favorite to retain his world title tonight against challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr (20-1, 14 KOs). Williams backers can get +400 if the American pulls the upset in the Spike-televised bout from the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Stevenson will be defending his WBC title for the seventh time. Williams, from Fort Washington, Maryland, is coming off a sensational second round KO over Edwin Rodriguez in April. It should be a good fight between two big punchers.
Unbeaten featherweight Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) will face Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant European title on October 15 when the Nordic Fight Night returns to the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. For the first time since 2010, a Dane will contest the European title on home soil. Ceylan will be hoping to join an elite club of Danish fighters who have held the prestigious belt including Jørgen Hansen, Gert Bo Jakobsen, Jesper D. Jensen and the Bredahl brothers.
The 27-year-old will meet tough opposition from Walsh, the current British featherweight champion, who has only lost a points decision to current IBF world champion Lee Selby.
It has been a non-stop appreciation tour for unbeaten newly crowned WBC “silver” flyweight champion Muhammad Waseem (4-0, 3 KOs) his native Pakistan. It has been nonstop local media interviews, meeting with high ranking officials, and meet and greets with his countrymen since Waseem defeated former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-6-2, 11 KOs) on July 17 in South Korea to claim the WBC belt. Winning the title is, to date, the biggest achievement of any Pakistan-born professional boxer. There is still the goal of becoming the country’s first world champion.
Waseem will return to Las Vegas soon to resume training with Jeff Mayweather at the famed Mayweather boxing club per his promoter Andy Kim (AK Promotions. A November return to the ring is the plan. (more…)
Got a few minutes? Check out this terrific WBO bantamweight world title clash from Ayutthaya, Thailand. Filipino bantamweight Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round KO to dethrone reigning world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (52-4, 35 KOs) on Wednesday. Tapales recovered from two fifth round knockdowns to drop Sor Singyu in round six and then knocked him out with a barrage of punches in round eleven. Tapales joins Nonito Donaire, Donnie Nietes and Johnriel Casimero to become the fourth current titleholder from the Philippines.
Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime
Undefeated three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their featherweight world title clash that headlines the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader this Saturday from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Also in action undefeated former world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) takes on former world champion Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) in the co-main event, plus once-beaten contenders Tony Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) and Sergey Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) face off in a junior middleweight title eliminator. Two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) meets fellow Brooklynite Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) in the Showtime Extreme main event. Coverage with a lightweight battle between Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) and Tevin Farmer (21-4-1, 5 KOs).
The fighters spoke to media Thursday at the Dream Hotel Downtown in Manhattan. Here is what the participants had to say:
Leo Santa Cruz; “I know that this is going to be an interesting fight. We’re both undefeated and we’re going to make it a war. Neither of us wants that first loss. We’re going to leave it all in the ring. This won’t be an easy fight. It’s a 50-50 fight. The fighter who wants it the most will win the night. (more…)
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and WBC #8 rated challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr (20-1, 14 KOs) both made weight for their world title clash on Friday night in Quebec City. Stevenson weighed 173.6 pounds and Williams scaled in at 174.6.
Eleider Alvarez 179.4 vs. Robert Berridge 178.4
Immanuwel Aleem 160.4 vs. Demond Nicholson 160.4
Venue: Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Ricky Hatton has warned Tony Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) that he will be in for a rude awakening if he dares to underestimate Sergey Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) this weekend. The pair meet in an IBF super welterweight eliminator in the opening bout of Showtime’s Santa Cruz-Frampton telecast from Brooklyn on Saturday night. And Hatton, who has trained Rabchenko for the past four years, believes both Harrison and US fight fans could be overlooking his fighter’s ability due to the manner of his sole defeat, a points loss to Anthony Mundine in late 2014, leaving some questioning skills and desire.
“Not making any excuses but Sergey had a few personal problems going into the Mundine fight and he wasn’t himself that night,” Hatton explained. “If Harrison and his team have looked at the tape and think that’s the same opponent they are getting, then they’re going to be in for a shock. Although I believe Sergey did enough to beat Mundine, actually losing the decision has been the best thing for him because it’s given him a kick up the backside and he knows he needs to bring his A game to every fight from now on. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Golden Boy Promotions
NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. of South El Monte will put his title and his undefeated record on the line against Victor “Pitufo” Proa (28-1-2, 21 KOs) of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico this Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Events Center live on HBO Latino. We caught up with Diaz talk about his upcoming fight. As usual Diaz trained in his hometown of South El Monte for this camp at the Teamsters Gym with his father Joseph Diaz and longtime trainer Ben Lira.
“Camp is going good, we are just focusing now on making the weight,” Diaz told Fightnews.com®. “All the hard work has already been done now it’s just making the weight proper. I am ready to go.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Malcolm Klassen a former IBF and WBF junior lightweight champion hopes to capture his third world title when he challenges Australia-based Filipino Jack Assis for his IBO super featherweight belt on Friday at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa.
Assis, 33, who has a record of 35-18-5, 18 KOs won the vacant IBO belt with an eighth round knockout over Kye MacKenzie of Australia in April last year. This will be his first defence but he has had two non-title fights since winning the belt, with wins over Hero Tito (19-7-2) and Waylon Law (9-6).
The 35-year-old Klassen (32-6-2, 17 KOs) won the WBF junior lightweight belt in November 2006 with a points win over Daniel Lomeli and the IBF junior lightweight belt on two occasions with wins over Gairy St Clair and Cassius Baloyi. In his most recent fight on April 29 this year he stopped Leonilo Ruiz Miranda in the first round to capture the vacant WBA International junior lightweight title. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
In the previous parts of our series, we showed you different pieces of Olympic boxing’s world. In this article you’ll see how AIBA handles past and current doping issues. The recent doping problems with Russian athletes became the headline of all major sports news around the world. An investigation, started by the German journalist Hajo Seppel in 2014, shook the entire Olympic community when his reports showed how systematic doping practices were used in Russia.
The domino effect hit the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), which was proven to hide positive doping cases and even blackmail athletes for covering the usage of prohibited substances.
In the recent months, the AIBA came under serious criticism over their anti-doping program. Many articles said they didn’t give enough attention of the problem. An investigation by Private Eye magazine showed that AIBA didn’t make a single out-of-competition test for 2015. A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), after officials came to investigate the headquarters of AIBA in December, described the level of out-of-competition testing as “almost non-existent.” (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Former IBF welterweight world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) faced off with Canelo’s older brother Ramon “Inocente” Álvarez (23-4-2, 15 KOs) at the kickoff press conference for their August 13 clash at the Centro de Convenciones in Rosarito, Baja California.
Antonio Margarito: “I’ll be better than in the fight against Paez Jr. I was rusty after nearly five years of retirement. I’m not the young man of before, but I’ll be looser in my movements. I don’t disparage any opponent, but with all due respect, on the street when I’m asked who I’m fighting, if I say ‘Inocente Alvarez’ they don’t know who it is. But when I say ‘Canelo’s brother,’ they know. I’m going to win on August 13.”
Ramon Alvarez: “There will just two of us in the ring. I will enter to do my work and I’ll be 200% and give everything in the ring.”
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) faced off at the final press conference in advance of their world title clash on Spike TV Friday night from Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada.
Adonis Stevenson: “Welcome to Québec City Thomas. I saw your fight against Edwin Rodriguez. It was a nice performance with a beautiful KO. When I saw that bout, I told myself I wanted that fight with you. I knew I was going to be motivated. I know Williams hits hard and that he has a name now in the United States, but I keep the same Kronk Gym mentality Emmanuel Steward taught me: we go for the KO. It is also my daughter’s birthday and I want to get her a KO, I am motivated. That will be exciting…don’t blink!”
Thomas Williams: “You don’t know what I have been through to be here. Tweets, talks and predictions won’t mean nothing Friday night…..facts will. There will be a new champion!” (more…)
Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime
Undefeated featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion, Irish star Carl Frampton, were joined by undercard fighters in Manhattan at Church Street Boxing Wednesday for the final media workout before Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Leo Santa Cruz: “I’m ready to come here and give a great fight. I want to make it a war. Carl Frampton is a great fighter and he makes for an interesting fight. I’m excited to perform in front of the fans…people think Frampton is the underdog because he’s moving up in weight. But I moved up in weight too. I never take an opponent lightly. I’m going to come really hungry. I respect every fighter and I train for my opponent to be at his best…This could definitely be a career-defining fight. I think getting a win over Carl Frampton will get me to the next level. I think the winner of the fight will be considered one of the best fighters in the world.”
Carl Frampton: “I’ve dealt with fighting bigger guys throughout my whole career. I’m used to it. I’ve fought bigger guys than Santa Cruz. I think on fight night I’m going to be stronger. People forget that he started his career at bantamweight while I fought as a featherweight in the amateurs. On the night, I’ll be the bigger man and that will be the difference…All the pressure is on Santa Cruz. Everyone is expecting him to win. I’m going to come in there and upset him. I’m here to put on a great performance and bring the belt back home.” (more…)
Michael Griffin (Canada) will be the third man in the ring when WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) defends against Thomas Williams (20-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Judges are Massimo Barrdvecchio (Italy) Juergen Langos (Germany) And (Richard DeCarufel (Canada). WBC supervisor is Bob Logist. Spike TV will televise in the USA.
Super featherweight Liam Walsh (20-0, 14 KOs) will face Andrey Klimov (19-2, 9 KOs) in a final eliminator for the IBF world title on October 8th at Harrow Leisure Centre in northwest London. The fight will be promoted by Frank Warren and Andy Ayling, and televised live in the UK on BoxNation.
Former world champion Amir Khan has been hinting through social media that he could switch to MMA. An Instagram photo of Khan inside an octagon wearing a UFC belt stated “UFC training has started.”
The August 6th boxing event at The Hyannis Youth & Community Center in Cape Cod, MA has been cancelled. Tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase. The event promoters apologize for any inconvenience. Boxing is expected to return to the south shore of Massachusetts this fall.
Greg Cohen Promotions has signed IBF #14-rated bantamweight Elton Dharry (20-5-1, 13 KOs) to a promotional contract. He fights out of the famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.
Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing have signed 19-year-old amateur standout Ruben Villa to a co-promotional contract. He makes his pro debut Friday on a Thompson Boxing show.
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— Bob Arum (@BobArum) July 26, 2016
By Ron Jackson
Despite the icy cold weather in the Eastern Cape fight fans can expect hot action involving four title fights and two other exciting match-ups at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The tournament was scheduled to take place at the open-air Selborne Tennis Courts, but due to the inclement weather the promoter Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Promotions had to take the fights indoors.
In the main event South Africa’s Makazole Tete (15-1-1, 10 KOs) meets Raymond Tubugon (18-4-1, 8 KOs) from the Philippines for the vacant IBF Intercontinental junior bantamweight title and also on the card South African junior lightweight champion Aphiwe Mboyiya (13-2-1, 6 KOs) faces another Filipino, Jerry Castroverde (9-2, 5 KOs) in a clash for the vacant IBF Youth junior lightweight title. It is believed that Mboyiya’s real name is Boyiya. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Elongated Australian, OPBF welterweight champ Jack Brubaker (11-1-1, 5 KOs), 146.5, successfully unified the regional belts as he defeated OPBF interim titlist Suyon Takayama (24-2, 8 KOs), 147, by a split but well-received decision (116-111, 115-112, 113-115) over twelve see-saw rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s truly Fight of the Month, since both showed all what they had through the grueling combat. Brubaker, four inches taller, took the leadoff with good jabs and faster combinations, while the sturdy-built Takayama, unbeaten since 2011, responded with occasional combinations. Brubaker, in round five, had him at bay with non-stop combos, while Takayama dominated the seventh with a flurry of punches by pinning the Aussie to the ropes. After the eighth, the official tallies read: 78-74, 77-75 for Brubaker, 78-75 for Takayama. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Giant 6’7 heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) has arrived in New Zealand for a press conference and said that he is confident of defeating IBF #1 Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) and that he will have all the pressure on him for their October 1st bout when they clash over twelve rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.
“I’m looking forward to winning this fight,” said Dimitrenko. “I’m confident I can win. I’m not a slow heavyweight – I’m fast. I’ve stopped good heavyweights such as Timo Hoffman and Albert Sosnowski. Hoffman went the distance with Vitali Klitschko. Parker has a lot of pressure on him to win this fight. I have no pressure on me. Duco promotions made me the offer a few months ago and I said yes because I am confident of winning.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson
In February, IBF junior featherweight champion Carl Frampton boxed in the biggest fight of his career.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t much of a fight.
In a bout that was hyped to be a sure thing, it wound up anything but. In fact, Frampton’s match against the then-unbeaten Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in the UK turned into a clear decision win for Frampton. Quigg was too cautious and Frampton took advantage. It was a disappointing affair.
Now, five months later, Frampton (22-0, 14 KO’s) is set for the second biggest fight of his career. But unlike his match-up against Quigg, he will be in against one of the most active and aggressive fighters in all of boxing in Leo Santa Cruz. While the Quigg fight promised action, the Frampton-Santa Cruz fight this Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Showtime will televise at 9 PM ET) is likely to deliver. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
New boy on the block, 43-year-old Sandile Xaka of Supreme Boxing Promotions, presents his first tournament with a seven bout card at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon. The first bout starts at 2:30 pm.
In the main bout scheduled for six rounds Percy Mkhize from Soweto who is unbeaten in 7 fights with 3 wins coming inside the distance meets Mpho Sefaro who has won 2 fights with both inside the distance. They will be fighting at junior flyweight. Mkhize who is trained by Alan Toweel goes into the fight as the favourite after having scored impressive victories over Gift Pooe (pts 4), Mthobisi Nkosi (tko 2) and Sihle Jelwane (pts 4) in 2016. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: John Aguon/Spike/Premier Boxing Champions
Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring against David Emanuel “El Pirata” Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) on August 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California headlining PBC on Spike TV. The kickoff press conference to announce the fight took place Tuesday afternoon at Spike TV Headquarters in Santa Monica, California with Guerrero, former world champion Alfredo Angulo (24-5, 20 KOs), and 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (18-0, 9 KOs) in attendance.
“I have a tough guy in front of me on August 27. I have to take care of him and leave no doubts so that I can get in there against the top guys again,” Guerrero said. “Nobody has ever heard of him but those are the guys that guys that creep up on you. It happened to me against Aron Martinez. (more…)
Rising lightweight star Steven Wilcox (13-1-1, 5 KOs) will face hard-hitting Juan Orozco (12-3-2, 10 KOs) on Thursday night in the eight round main event of the first ever “Next Generation” card at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“Both fighters deserve props for making this happen,” said promoter Lee Baxter. “Orozco is filling in on short notice for Jesus Singwancha, who withdrew after injuring his hand in training. On top of that, he just fought a few days ago. Wilcox also deserves credit for dealing with multiple opponent changes and going forward with no questions asked. On top of that, Orozco is a tough fighter and I’m expecting a very competitive fight.” (more…)
Photo: Edward Diller
WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and former jr featherweight champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) met face-to-face for the first time on the 86th floor Observatory atop the iconic Empire State Building. Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the fighters shared the spotlight with a coin-operated binocular rather than the New York City skyline in the photo op.
Santa Cruz and Frampton will meet again under less friendly circumstances on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Their world championship fight marks both Santa Cruz and Frampton’s first fight in the “Big Apple.” Showtime will televise.
By Karl Freitag
The WBA World Championships Committee has stripped WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev of his title. Chagaev was gifted back the title after a KO loss to Lucas Browne when Browne failed a drug test, but Chagaev’s team was unable to take advantage of the situation by failing to finalize a WBA-mandated rematch with Fres Oquendo, which included getting current on past-due sanctioning fees.
The WBA has an ongoing heavyweight tournament to establish a single champion. If the brackets stay as they are, the 43-year-old Oquendo would now make the final sometime in 2017 without any fighting in any of the earlier rounds.
The other bracket features WBA “interim” heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz against Alexander Ustinov on September 17 (although there may be some problems with that bout, as well) and the rematch between WBA “super” heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko. The Ortiz-Ustinov and Fury-Klitschko winners would then collide with the winner earning the right to face Oquendo.
Note: If Ustinov falls out, replacing him with Oquendo seems like a logical solution that would push the tournament forward.
In related news, heavyweight Lucas Browne has enrolled in the WBC Clean Boxing Program, headed by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association). This means he’s nominated himself to be tested for drugs (both performance enhancing and recreational) at ANY TIME, 365 days of the year. The first Aussie boxer to do so.
By Robert Coster
Six days ago, KO artist Jonathan Guzman emerged on the world scene becoming the IBF Junior Featherweight Champion with an impressive stoppage of Japanese Shingo Wake in 11 rounds in Japan. The new Champion flew back to his native Dominican Republic but his arrival there was not happy and triumphant as it should have been. Upon leaving Tokyo, Guzman was paid $70,000 in cash and then he proceeded to tuck away the money in his luggage. Arriving in Santo Domingo, the Champion discovered to his astonishment that the money had been stolen. Guzman has appealed to the airport and police authorities to investigate the theft. The news has, quite logically, made headlines in the sportspages of the local press.
By Brad Snyder
Photo by Bob Ryder
An update on Tommy Bagnasco’s condition. After tests at Toledo Hospital, it is now known that Tommy Bagnasco went into cardiac arrest on Friday night. A genetic condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy seems to have been the cause. On social media Mash Gym (where Tommy trains), extended a special thank you to Toledo Fire Fighters from Station 23 and 25 for saving Tommy’s life. Surgery is scheduled for today to correct the medical condition. Bagnasco has been awake and breathing on his own the last few days and interacting with family and visitors.
On Friday, July 22nd Tommy Bagnasco (0-2) Walled Lake, Mi became unresponsive after losing a fight to Roy Barringer (2-0) at the 1:56 mark of the 1st Round. The knockout proved scary as Tommy had to have CPR performed to save his life.
The undercard lineup is set for the HBO-televised Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand clash on August 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
In non-televised bouts, unbeaten super lightweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (20-0-2, 15 KOs) takes on Tyrone Barnett (23-4-1, 15 KOs), undefeated junior lightweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco (13-0-3, 8 KOs) faces Marcelo Gallardo (7-3-2, 3 KOs), unbeaten super middleweight Rudy “The Revelation” Puga Jr. (8-0, 7 KOs) meets TBA, unbeaten light heavyweight Junior Younan (9-0, 7 KOs) battles Jaime “Zarco” Solorio (5-2-2, 4 KOs), highly regarded heavyweight prospect Darmani Rock (3-0, 3 KOs) looks to build up his record against Mike Kyle (1-2-1, 1 KO) and local junior welterweight Bilal “Rebellious” Mahasin (8-3-1, 1 KO) goes against journeyman Luis Alfredo Lugo (14-25-1, 5 KOs).
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
The heat was turned up a notch at Golden Boy Headquarters as undefeated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs) and undefeated NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (20-0, 11 KOs) announced their upcoming televised fights on HBO Latino on July 30. Rising SoCal fan-favorite fighter, Nick “La Calavera” Arce (8-0-0, 6 KOs) fighting on the non-televised undercard portion of the night was also in attendance.
Below is what the fighters, their managers and promoter had to say at today’s press conference:
Antonio Orozco; “I want to thank God for providing these opportunities. It’s a blessing to have the team I have around me. These are the moments that as a professional you look forward to. We’ve paid our dues and put in the hard work. This wouldn’t be possible without a team–even though as a fighter, you are alone in the ring, you don’t get ready without a team.
“My opponent is a tremendous fighter from what I’ve seen, who can pull off an upset and has won against undefeated fighters before. We are putting together our relentless style of boxing and July 30 will be no exception. No one will be bored watching this fight.” (more…)
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