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Undefeated super flyweight prospect Carlos ‘Kid’ Narvaez signed a promotional agreement with Miguel Cotto’s; Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. “Narvaez had a great amateur career, he has the skills and fundamentals to be successful. He is dedicated to the gym and responsible with his job”, 4 division world champion and promoter; Miguel Cotto said. “We want to have the best talented fighters in Puerto Rico and Carlos Narvaez is one of them. We are excited to give him the welcome and can wait to see him fight”, promoter and vice president; Hector Soto said.
The opponents have been announced for the co-main events on the September 27 “Rumble on the River” at OKC Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City, presented by Ivaylo Gotzev and his Epic Sports and Entertainment.
In the night’s eight-round heavyweight “bombs away” co-main event, hard-hitting former WBC Champion Samuel Peter (34-5, 27 KOs) will return for the first time in three years to face former ECHL hockey enforcer turned heavyweight KO artist Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey (12-3, 12 KOs) from Oklahoma City. Having been on the world stage for most of his career, the 34-year-old Peter will have the edge in experience, but Aubrey will have his army of fans in his corner, cheering the powerful strongman onto pull the huge upset. Someone is surely going home sore and disappointed in this war of big men.
“I am happy to be back in boxing,” said Samuel Peter. “I will dedicate myself to winning the heavyweight championship once again. I’m ready to knock out anyone who stands in my way.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Joel A. Colon/PRBB
The day has come as Argentinian slugger and former world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) of Santa Fe, Argentina is set to take on pound king WBA/WBC welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KOs). Maidana will get his shot at redemption in a rematch this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on Showtime Pay-per view. Just four months following their May showdown. Fightnews.com caught up with Maidana as he talked about his training camp, the previous match and the upcoming rematch with Mayweather.
“I am very well prepared. I have trained very well we have made some adjustments to capitalize on this fight,” Maidana told us. “I am happy to be getting the rematch with Mayweather. He really doesn’t give rematches. The last fight was a good fight I really liked it, I expect to win this second fight, I thought I won the first fight, and I will win again on September 13.” (more…)
Freddie Trinidad, trainer of two-division world champion and Puerto Rican icon Juan Manual Lopez, says he believes “Juanma” should hang up the gloves. “I think it’s time to say goodbye, at least on my part, as a friend. I thank him for the opportunity, but I won’t go back to train him for a fight,” Trinidad told Primera Hora. He added that Lopez isn’t the same as he once was, despite coming in terrific shape. “It’s not the best way (to finish a career), but it must be remembered that he had his wars with Salido…as the song says ‘everything has its end.'”
The World Boxing Association has called for a September 17th purse bid in Panama for a bout between WBA super flyweight champion Kohei Kono and former multi-division champion Koki Kameda. Starting bid of US$80,000. The purse split is 75% champion and 25% challenger. However, in a very unusual situation, this all-Japanese mandatory title fight cannot be held in Japan as Kameda is suspended by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC). The JBC has announced that it has registered a protest against the mandatory fight.
In a statement, JBC Representative Director Hiroshi Akiyama wrote the following:
Before of all, we, Japanese Boxing Commission (JBC) should NOT mention the matter of the WBA discretion and we would also like to refrain from any hypothetical questions or stories. However we should announce our view against the bidding for WBA Superflyweight mandatory.
At first, we JBC NEVER ever recognize and sanction boxing bout with any boxer, who has no JBC license, even though any promotion wins the bidding.
Secondly we have questioned the WBA about the operation and management of their interim championship for years. And then we stopped recognizing the WBA interim championship in 2010.
When it comes to this bidding, we could not understand the designation of mandatory challenger, even though it is a whole WBA discretion. We have thrown questions to the WBA about the process of the designation, however we still could not understand.
Thirdly, we think it might be the time we should reconsider WBA championship as a world title fight.
Finally, the JBC emphasize that we still expect and believe in the faith and fairness of the WBA.
Will the bid proceed? Will the bout be held? Restless days for Kono, Kameda, the WBA, and the JBC will continue until the 17th.
World-rated middleweight Martin Murray began sparring on Friday in anticipation of his October 25 showdown against perennial contender Domenico Spada on the Golden Gloves “Title Tornado” tournament in Monte Carlo. Murray, rated #1 by the WBC and #3 by the IBF, is engaged in a 10-week training camp under the guidance of trainer Oliver Harrison designed to have him in peak condition for his second outing in the principality. Murray has been promised a world title bout in February – provided he overcomes the 44-fight battler from Italy. Spada is 39-5 (19 KOs). (more…)
One face that apparently won’t be at ringside for tomorrow’s Mayweather-Maidana fight in Las Vegas is Mayweather’s possible next opponent Amir Khan. On Thursday Khan tweeted:
Khan later expanded on the situation via his Facebook page.
Apparently some strings were pulled and Khan later reported:
Khan normally spends considerable time in the U.S. and trains with Virgil Hunter in the Bay Area.
The next time your venti mocha latte with whipped cream on top isn’t the right temperature or has the requisite amount of mocha, venti, or whatever they put in those things, you may want to look at the life of The Ultimate Fighter 20’s Angela Magana and get your priorities straight . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Local favorites Aleem “The Hammer” Whitfield and Martez Potter both gave the fans what they wanted tonight in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool, NY on a six fight card put on by JKJ Championship Promotions at the Holiday Inn. Whitfield kept his perfect KO streak in tact, barely as he stopped a game, but outgunned Eric George with four knockdowns for a TKO6 win, while Potter boxed his way to a neat six round decision over tenacious Cape Verdian (by way of Brockton, MA) Antonio Chaves Fernandez to also remain undefeated at 6-0, in the co-feature. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Japanese heavyweight champ, WBC#21 Kyotaro Fujimoto (10-1, 6 KOs), 232.5, retained his national belt when he bloodied compatriot Kotatsu Takehara (10-10-3, 4 KOs; AKA Masataka Takehara), 224, so profusely that the referee declared a TKO win for the champ since he saw the loser unfit to go on further at 0:44 of the fifth round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kyotaro, formerly a MMA battler, rocked his grudge rival with a solid right and opened a nasty laceration over the left eyebrow midway in round two. The third witnessed the faster champ connect with quick combinations to the face, pinning him to the ropes, where the third man took a standing count against the fading veteran. But Takehara gamely fought back hard and landed some strong rights to have the crowd on its feet in the fourth. The ref, however, had the ringside physician examine the challenger’s deep gashes twice before he finally called a halt in favor of the champ. Kyotaro, a Japanese Canelo with red-dyed hair, looked sharp and strong this night, showing a much better performance than in his last against ex-WBA 154-pound interim titlist Nobuhiro Ishida this April. (more…)
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With three brutal KO losses in his last four fights, former two division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs) and his team have to take a close look at his future in the ring.
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In a clash for the vacant WBA interim world heavyweight title, unbeaten Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs) scored a first round KO over previously unbeaten Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-1, 16 KOs) on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Ortiz dropped Kayode in round one and later got the stoppage from referee Robert Byrd with a barrage of unanswered punches just before the bell. Kayode complained about the stoppage, which seemed a bit quick. Time was 2:55. Ortiz joins Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev as fighters recognized as some form of WBA world heavyweight champion.
In the co-feature, WBA interim featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (25-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over former two division champion Juan Manuel Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs). Cuellar came out aggressively and took the fight to Juanma. In round two a flush right hook left Juanma face down on the canvas. Time was 1:36. (more…)
Photos: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions
Fighters on the televised undercard for “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ took center stage Thursday for the final press conference before they enter the ring this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on PPV. Here’s what Thursday’s press conference participants had to say.
Leo Santa Cruz:
“I’m very happy to be on this big undercard. This is the biggest card I could possibly be on. We trained really hard for this fight. It’s the biggest fight of my life because millions of people will be watching and I need to take advantage of that opportunity. I know people think this is going to be an easy fight for me, but you’re going to be surprised Saturday night. I used to spar with Roman and I had to train really hard for him because I know what he brings. I don’t underestimate anybody. Every fighter up there is dangerous. I have to go out there and work hard and give it my best to prove I belong here. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw hard-puncher, WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will risk his belt against official challenger and ex-WBC titlist Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-5-1, 16 KOs), from Thailand, in Tokyo, Japan, on October 22. Yamanaka, 31, successfully registered six defenses with the latest five within the distance to his credit. The only challenger he failed to finish was Vic Darchinyan, then still durable and dangerous, in his initial defense in April 2012. Suriyan, former WBC 115-pound ruler, captured the belt by defeating Mexican lefty Tomas Rojas by a unanimous decision in Thailand in 2011, but forfeited it to Japan’s Yota Sato (already retired) in his second defense here in Tokyo in March 2012. Since then, he participated in no less than seventeen bouts in two years and a half, winning all to zoom up to the top in the bantam category. Suriyan is an aggressive fighter, while Yamanaka is an upright southpaw boxer with hard-hitting ability. It will be a greatly competitive game with many Japanese aficionados expecting Yamanaka’s six consecutive knockouts. (more…)
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Rising lightweight prospect Karl “Dynamite” Dargan, 16-0, 8 KOs, and his trainer Brother Naazim Richardson held an open media workout on Thursday at the James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym in West Philadelphia. Dargan is slated to face Angino Perez, 17-5, 15 KOs, September 20th, at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT. The 10-round bout is for the Junior NABF lightweight title and will be nationally televised on network television by NBC.
Dargan was an outstanding amateur, before beginning his professional campaign in 2007. His early pro career was plagued by inactivity. But with greater activity in recent years, Dargan has begun to rise in the rankings and attract the attention of boxing fans. His fight on NBC will be his second on the network. Dargan beat Michael Brooks by decision last November for the vacant USBA Atlantic Coast Region lightweight title. He followed up that win with two more victories this year.
On this day, Dargan went through a light workout for local media, and was scheduled to return to the same gym for more training later in the day.
“He’ll be back in tonight,” Brother Naazim Richardson said. “This young guy is a pleasure to work with, for the simple fact that he’s very mature.” (more…)
Listed below are the final weights for all of the participants for “Title For Title,” live professional boxing scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12th, 2014 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Rich Gingras 172.5 vs. Joey McCreedy 175
Nick Delomba 145 vs. Christian Steele 145
Alvin Varmall Jr. 193 vs. Antonio Mignella 195
Sergio Cabrera 165 vs. Khiary Gray-Pitts 160
Ray Oliveira Jr. 157 vs. Angel Valdez 154
Zack Christy 167 vs. Saul Almeida 167.5
Scott Sullivan 136 vs. Moises Rivera 140
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs) has targeted Chinese boxing star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Zou Shiming (5-0,3KO’s) after defeating Puerto Rico’s IBF #1 rated McWilliams Arroyo (15-2, 13 KOs) on Wednesday at Nakhon, Ratchasima, Thailand. Ruenroeng’s promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Ruenroeng scored a clear points win over Arroyo to defend the title successfully for the second time. China’s Zou Shiming defeated Ruenroeng in the amateur ranks at the 2010 Asian Games and we would now offer to give an opportunity for Shiming to challenge for the IBF world title. Top Rank should take this opportunity for Shiming to become world champion. I am confident Ruenroeng will defeat Shiming.”
By all measures, Max Holloway has already had a successful 2014 campaign.
Over the first eight months of the year, the Hawaiian featherweight has amassed three stoppage victories, beginning with a Knockout of the Night-winning performance against Will Chope on the first fight card of the year and continuing with a third-round submission win against fellow prospect Andre Fili at UFC 172 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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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.
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