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Following his big win over Ricardo Alvarez on March 8, Mexican super featherweight star Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (29-3, 26 KOs) has the opportunity to put himself back in line for a world title shot on Saturday when he faces the Philippines’ Adones “Yamagata” Aguelo (21-9-2, 13 KOs) in a WBC title elimination bout to air live on Televisa and FOX Deportes from Estadio Nachan Kaan in Chetumal, Mexico. The bout will be Thompson’s first in his hometown since October of 2012.
In the co-main event, it’s an all-Mexico slugfest when welterweights Silverio “Chamaco” Ortiz (26-14, 14 KOs) and Fernando Castaneda (21-8, 14 KOs) battle it out in a 10-round matchup.
Junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (22-1-1, 13 KOs), who has only fought in his home state three times in 24 pro fights, will be on the road again next Friday when he travels to Fallon, Navada, to headline that evening’s ESPN Friday Night Fights card. The WBC #5-rated Nelson will be facing Luis Grajeda (17-2-2, 13KO’s) in the 10-round main event. “I have had a great training camp for this fight,” said Nelson. “My elbow is 100% and I am ready to put on an impressive performance next Friday night and move another step closer to challenging for a world title. (more…)
On Sunday, August 3 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 Saturday, Aug. 9 fights 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
For the first time in two years, junior featherweight prospect Manuel “Tino” Avila (15-0, 6 KOs) will compete in his hometown of Fairfield, California at the Allan Witt Sports Center. Avila will face Sergio “Finito” Frias (15-3-2, 8 KOs) on Friday, August 22. In the co-main event, it’s an eight-round heavyweight showdown when unbeaten Gerald “El Gallo” Washington (13-0, 10 KOs) faces Nagy Aguilera (19-8, 13 KOs). In the eight-round televised opener, featherweights Guy Robb (13-1, 5 KOs) and Jonathan “Lil’ Thund’r” Arellano (14-4-2, 3 KOs) will square off. FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will televise.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #3 featherweight Joel Brunker (27-0, 15 KOs) will clash with IBF #6 Lee Selby (19-1, 7 KOs) on October 11 in an IBF elimination bout at the O2 Arena in London. The undefeated Brunker talks to Fightnews to say he is ready to step up and fight the best in the world.
You are going box Lee Selby in an IBF Eliminator on October 11 in London. He holds a win over fellow Australian Corey McConnell by stoppage in five rounds. How good is Selby? Did you see McConnell fight? Your thoughts?
I didn’t see the McConnell fight so I can’t really comment on it. Selby is a great fighter and a big test for me, but I feel I am ready to take that step up and measure myself up against the best boxers in the world. (more…)
By Matt Thompson
Professional boxing returns to Lewiston, Maine on Saturday October 11, 2013 at The Androscoggin Bank Colisee with a card promoted by New England Fights (NEF) – in the same building where Muhammad Ali famously scored a 1st round KO of Sonny Liston in a heavyweight title fight in 1965. The card will feature undefeated lightweight Brandon Berry (6-0, 4 KO’s) of West Forks, Maine in the main event and Lewiston’s own undefeated junior middleweight Steven Gamache (4-0, 1 KO) in the co-feature against opponents TBA. Gamache is the son of former two time wold champion Joey Gamache, a Lewiston native who now works a trainer / cornerman for some of the sports most elite fighters including WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachencko.
Tickets for start at just $25 and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 10:00 am EDT. A special pre-sale will take place beginning on Friday, August 1 at 10:00 am EDT and run through the morning of Monday, August 4 for fans who use promo code NEFBOXING to unlock the sale. Tickets will be available online at www.TheColisee.com or by calling the Colisee box office at 207.783.2009 x 525.
Photos: All Star Boxing
Daniel Lozano 114 vs. Antonio Tostado 114
Andrey Klimov 130 vs. Guillermo Avila 130
Noemi Bosques 112 vs. Yolaine Lin De Lauf 109
Ali Tareh 147 vs. Oscar Gonzalez 145
Aaron Jaco 166 vs. Angel Martinez 168
Nick Ianuzzi 202 vs. Mike Bisset 201
Toribio Ramirez 127 vs. Cesar Cisneros 127
Ricky Tomlinson 131 vs. Lucas Grant 125
Omar Albani 153 vs. Quincy Brown 155
Venue: Ala Carte Event Pavillion in Tampa, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo (11:35PM ET)
Manny Pacquaio talks retirement . . . for 2016. More
Local talent from San Antonio gear up for a Corpus Christi card in Texas. More
WBO Light Heavy Champion Sergey Kovalev prepares for a title defense. More
Jesse Magdaleno looks to end ring layoff. More
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson held an open workout at the Headbangers Gym in Washington, DC as he prepares for his title defense against Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana of New York City by way of Puerto Rico on Saturday, August 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Peterson told reporters that he is looking to put out his best for this contest.
“Expect to see the best Peterson you can see,” Peterson said. “Each time, I try to get better. My goal is to always get better every fight, so expect to see a great Lamont Peterson on August 9. ”
Washington, DC native Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KO’s) faces a veteran in Santana (29-4, 20 KO’s) who is ranked 13th in the world by the IBF. Peterson says that he definitely respects his challenger.
“I’ve watched him fight. He can fight,” Peterson said. “A lot of people don’t know him so they don’t think he deserves a title shot. He’s been in the game a long time and a lot of people don’t know what it takes to stay in the game for eight, nine, 10 years. He has done that and he’s still here. He’s never had a title shot. I’m glad he’s getting a chance because he can really fight.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“We were working, negotiating in Moscow with Andrey Ryabinsky for almost thirteen hours. In the end, we did shake hands, smiling,” said Piotr Werner, co-owner, with Andrzej Wasilewski, of Sferis Knockout Promotions, the Polish promotional company representing former IBF and since 2010 current WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-2, 35 KO) and highly rated cruiserweight contender, Paweł Kołodziej (33-0, 18 KO). Włodarczyk and Kołodziej, on September 27 in Moscow, will challenge Andrey Ryabinsky’s “World of Boxing” promotional company’s best cruiserweight fighters. “Diablo” will defend his title against EBU (European Boxing Union) champion Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KO) and in the co-feature, WBA champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KO) will battle Kołodziej.
“We will have two cruiserweight championship bouts on one great night. A truly special event,” said Werner. For both champions, Włodarczyk and Lebedev, it will be their first chance to present their skills in 2014. There were rumors and even some promoter to promoter talks about matching Włodarczyk in a US-televised event against recently active BJ Flores (30-1, 19 KO) in August, but a Flores hand injury prevented further negotiations. Lebedev was supposed to have a rematch with Guillermo Jones in April of this year, but fight in Moscow was cancelled literally minutes before the opening bell, when WBA president Gilberto Mendoza communicated on “Twitter” that Jones again tested positive for banned substance. “I could not let this bout happen. It would be not fair for my fighter, the spectators” – said Ryabinsky, cancelling the event.
Now it’s official. As we reported yesterday, former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner will return to his hometown arena following a two-year absence to headline a Showtime telecast on September 6 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner will face Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor in a 12-round super lightweight bout. In the co-main event, scheduled for 10 rounds in the same weight class, Argentine powerhouse Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse meets unbeaten Roberto Ortiz.
In the opening bout former two-time world welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KO’s) will return to the ring after a one-year layoff and shoulder surgery. The opponent is still TBA.
“It’s always good to fight at home,” said Broner, who, in his last bout at U.S. Bank Arena in July 2012 stopped Vicente Escobedo in five rounds. “It’s overdue. I will not disappoint my Cincinnati fans. I’ll make sure to put up a good show for them. Taylor is a young, talented fighter, but he’s not ready to solve this ‘Problem.’” (more…)
Saturday’s “War in Paradise” professional boxing card featuring Nuvo Champion Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin and Eduardo Mercedes along with the women’s world title contest between “The Scholar” Sonya Lamonakis and Carlette “The Truth” Ewell has been postponed due to the storm conditions expected over the weekend in Sint Maarten. The fight card will be made up at a future date, which will be announced shortly, pending the results of the storm. Tickets can be returned at the point of contact, or they will be honored on the makeup date.
B.O.S.E. Promotions apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused, but their first concern is the safety of the participants and the fans.
Photos: Goossen Promotions
Thomas Williams Jr. 175 vs. Gabriel Campillo 174.8
Andre Dirrell 172 vs. Vladine Biosse 172
Juan Carlos Rojas 162 vs. Immanuel Aleem 162.6
Marcello Gallardo 125.8 vs. Juan Funez 125.8
Epifanio Mendoza 198 vs. Jordan Shimmell 198.6
Hector Lopez 132 vs. Gervonta Davis 132.4
Joaquin Chavez 135 vs. Luis Cruz 133.4
David Grayton 147.4 vs. Eddie Cordova 148
Guadalupe Hudgens 132.8 vs. Leduan Barthelemy 129.2
Milton Nunez 161.3 vs. Wilky Campfort 157.6
Wale Omotoso 148 vs. Eduardo Flores 148.2
Phillip Jackson-Benson 179.6 vs. Thomas Hanshaw 180.6
Venue: Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, WA
Promoter: Goossen Promotions
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
The final press conference took place Thursday for Saturday night’s expected welterweight war between fan-favorite Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs) and ex-champion Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) in the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and on HBO. After finally arriving in Las Vegas after a long trip from Argentina, Chaves was resting at his hotel and unable to attend the press conference.
Brandon Rios: We’re just going to give the fans what they want. They’re going to see a nice little war in the ring as long as it lasts and it’s going to be a tremendous fight. I know he has tremendous skill and punching power, but I have punching power too. And I do have some skills, kind of. But we’re ready 100% …I know this is a do or die fight for me, so I’m going to make it a ‘do’ instead of a ‘die’ and the fans are going to see the old “Bam Bam” back.
Also, on hand was undefeated hometown hero and WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs), who will be defending against Anton Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs).
Jessie Vargas: I look forward to giving you a great fight…come this Saturday I’m going to give it my all…I worked very hard for what I have now and I’m not letting it go.
Anton Novikov: I’m here to take that belt. photos
By Brett Bonetti at the scale
Photos by Kim Johnson
Brandon Ogilvie 134.0 vs Jerope Mercado 134.0
(Lightweight WA State Title Bout)
Sam Hogan 152.1 vs Terry Dehaan 152.1
Ben Page 184.7 vs Filipo Masoe 198.6
(Cruiserweight WA State Title Bout)
Shane Carroll 128.5 vs Hero Tito 129.9
Pat Eneanya 221.1 vs Joel Clifton 226.6
Vinnie Caruana 174.2 vs Steven Kennedy 176.4
(Light Heavyweight WA State Title Bout)
Darren Allison 184.5 vs Kalolo Faatua 175.3
Dalton Saunders 139.3 vs Dan Carter 138.7
Photos: Larry Levanti/Main Events
The final press conference was held today for the August 2 title fight between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 24-0-1, 22 KO’s and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello, 19-0-1, 6 KO’s. Kovalev is putting his WBO Light Heavyweight belt on the line at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. The 12-round fight will be the second fight in an HBO Boxing After Dark triple header presentaton this Saturday night. The HBO telecast begins at 9:45pm ET/PT.
Johannesburg, South Africa’s Isaac Chilemba, 22-2-2, 9 KO’s, will square off against Cory Cummings, 17-6-1, 13 KO’s of Newark, NJ in a 10-round light heavyweight co-feature bout that will not be shown on HBO but will inernationally televised.
Here’s what was said at Thursday’s final press conference.
Sergey Kovalev: “I prepare the same for each fight. I am not a talker, I am a fighter. I want to get in the ring Saturday and win my next fight.”
Blake Caparello: “I am coming to America to beat Sergey. He is a good fighter but I am looking forward to Saturday night.” (more…)
Leonard Bundu 146.25 vs. Frabnkie Gavin 146.8
(European and Commonwealth welterweight championship)
Lucas Browne 263 vs. Andriy Rudenko 234.75
VACANT WBA Intercontinental/WBC Eur-Asia Pacific heavyweight titles)
Venue: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Promoter: Frank Warren
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Diego Chaves arrived in Las Vegas from Argentina on Thursday morning for his upcoming 10-round welterweight main event against former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard, CA, Saturday, August 2 in the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and televised on HBO Boxing After Dark.
It was touch and go earlier this week when it was learned that Chaves was caught up in the backlog for travel documents due to a “glitch” in the U.S. State Department’s database for processing visas and passports that caused delays for millions of people. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum finally announced on Wednesday that the visa for Chaves had cleared and that he would be indeed be coming to Las Vegas.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200.
When one-time world-title challenger Mike Jones takes on Jaime Herrera on Aug. 23 at Bally’s Atlantic City, it will mark the former Philadelphian’s first fight in more than two years. Jones, 31, is now living in Las Vegas. He has not boxed since June 9, 2012, when he was stopped in the 11th round.by Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, in their fight for the vacant IBF world welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Far ahead on points, even after being dropped in the 10th round, Jones was less than three minutes, 20 seconds from the world championship when Bailey drilled him with a right hand. It was Jones’ first loss in 27 pro fights.
“The last time I spoke with Mike was at the airport in Las Vegas the next morning,” said promoter J Russell Peltz, who was with Jones from his pro debut in 2005 before joining forces with Top Rank late in 2010 to further Jones’ career. “I asked Mike to stop in my office after a few days and he said he would but he never showed up. I texted him, asking him to read a post-fight story from a Philadelphia-based website (www.phillyboxinghistory.com) which talked about unfulfilled promise and I felt that one story best described Mike’s career in a nutshell. Mike texted me back and said he agreed that the story was accurate.
“A few days later, I was contacted by Eric Melzer, an attorney from New Jersey, who asked me to handle all my dealings with Mike through his (Melzer’s) office.”
Peltz and Jones have not communicated directly since, even though Peltz is promoting Jones’ comeback fight. (more…)
IBF flyweight title fight between the champion, Amnat Ruenroeng and the #1 ranked McWilliams Arroyo will mow take place on September 10 at the Liptapanlop Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, in a Jimmy’s Boxing presentation. “The date change (from September 14 to September 10) is due to a conflict of the Thai TV with the 2014 Asian Games program according to the Thai promoter (Jimmy’s Boxing). Now we will coordinate again all matters relating to the date on which McWilliams will travel to Thailand,” said Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions Vice-President.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain celebrated his 75th birthday today in his famed Romanza Gym in México City. Born in Actopan, Veracruz, Beristain was a former amateur and professional fighter who retired from the ring due to an eye injury. He was trainer of the México Amateur National Team that won medals in the 1968, 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games and has trained 25 professional world champions. Beristain goes daily to the Romanza Gym to work with amateur and professional boxers.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (37-5, 24 KOs) will return to the ring on October 4 against undefeated Mexican prospect Adrian Estrella (18-0, 17 KOs) to fight for the WBC super featherweight International title in Nuevo Leon, in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast by Televisa Deportes. Estrella is looking for a big win to catapult himself into a fight for a world title. The 38 year old Caballero last fought in November 2013 and has made just five ring appearances in the last 44 months due to a promotional dispute.
For the third consecutive week, the Boxeo Telemundo Ford super flyweight tournament will take center stage. Local favorite Daniel Lozano (11-1, 8 KOs) will take on recent world title challenger Antonio ‘El Tostado’ Tostado (13-2, 6 KOs) this Friday. The main event is scheduled for 12 rounds and for the interim WBO Latino super flyweight title. The bout will take place at the A La Carte Event Pavilion, in Tampa, Florida. Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. will promote the event
Lozano has been inactive since his being dealt his first pro loss last year in October. During that time out of the ring there has been some very good changes in his life. Fightnews spoke with Lozano from his home. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events
Aussie 175 pounder Blake Caparello talks to Fightnews to say training went well for WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev on Saturday and that sparring Sakio Bika has helped him get into great physical and mental shape. Blake also says he has a plan defeat Kovalev and that all fight fans should tune into see a great fight Saturday night.
Has your preparation for WBO light heavyweight challenge against Sergey Kovalev gone well with no injuries?
My preperation has gone very well, no injuries and everything worked to plan. My body is feeling great. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
“Brilliant” Brandon Ogilvie (7-1, 2 KO’s) will face the experienced Jerope Mercado (26-6, 19 KO’s) for the WA State Lightweight Title in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome VII this Friday night at Metro City Perth, Australia. Ogilvie, coming off perhaps his most impressive performance in the ring in June is thrilled to be headlining Thunderdome again and can’t wait to get in the ring to face Mercado.
“My last 2 fights have gone according to plan and I’m going to have another solid win on Friday night over Mercado,” Ogilvie said. (more…)
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