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By Miguel Maravilla
Undefeated WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City will have the biggest fight of his career when he takes on pound-for-pound candidate WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles live on HBO. We spoke to Cuadras about his upcoming showdown with Chocolatito.
“I am grateful and I want to thank God, Mr. Honda of Teiken Promotions, and HBO for this opportunity to headline my second fight in the U.S. and HBO debut on a big stage at the Forum. This fight will open up lots of doors for me,” Cuadras told Fightnews.com®. “We are both undefeated and someone will lose.”
Cuadras began his training camp in Mexico and resumed training in Los Angeles with his strength coach Peter Park doing his roadwork in Griffith Park and training at the Maywood Gym in Maywood in preparation for Gonzalez. (more…)
Always exciting WBO #11, WBC #12 middleweight contender “King” Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia, participated in a Los Angeles media workout on Wednesday at City of Angels Boxing. Rosado will face former world title challenger Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe, Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) in the co-feature to Canelo-Smith on September 17 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
“I think Monroe is a decent fighter but I’m going to show that he is not on my level as far as experience,” said Rosado. “I think I’m a young veteran. I’ve beat top names and lost to top names but I’m bringing more to the table…originally I was supposed to fight Billy Joe Saunders in a world title fight on this card. I was very excited. Fernando (Vargas) and I started camp right away. Things, for whatever reason, went south with that fight and Golden Boy gave me options on who to fight I next. Once we changed the opponent, we got focused on someone else.”
WBO #9 Featherweight Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo says he wants to fight WBO World Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, who is undefeated with 18 KO wins out of 20, hopefully in the near future. Equally undefeated and considered one of the most promising Filipino young fighters in his division, Magsayo will once again take his skills to the ring and defend his WBO International title on September 24.
Coming off from a spectacular win against former world challenger Chris “The Hitman” Avalos last April under the Donaire-Bedak fight, Magsayo added the more experienced fighter to his list of KO victories and once again showed boxing fans around the world he has what it takes to bring his career a notch higher. (more…)
WBC #1 middleweight Jorge Sebastian Heiland (27-4-2, 14 KOs) of Argentina will face TBA on Friday’s Jacobs-Mora II off-TV undercard at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. It will be Heiland’s U.S. debut.
Also seeing action on the off-TV portion of the card is former world champion Kermit Cintron (37-5-2, 28 KOs) against Manny Woods (15-5-1, 5 KOs) in an eight round welterweight fight, junior lightweight Frank DeAlba (19-2-2, 8 KOs) taking on Kiun Evans (12-2-1, 6 KOs) in an eight round bout and unbeaten light heavyweight Earl Newman (9-0, 7 KOs) against Leo Hall (8-1, 7 KOs).
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Senator and 8-Time Division champion Manny Pacquiao arrives in Los Angeles for his Press Conference to announce his welterweight bout against Jessie Vargas which will be held November 5, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Photos: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions
WBC flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0, 38 KOs) and WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0, 27 KOs) held a ‘media day’ at the Wild Card West ahead of their world title main event on Saturday at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.
Also on hard were junior middleweight brawlers Jesus Soto Karass and Yoshihiro Kamegai, who meet Saturday in a much anticipated rematch. Both bouts will be televised live on HBO.
By Oscar de la Hoya
I’m sad to hear of the passing today of legendary boxer Bobby ‘Schoolboy’ Chacon. Bobby was one of the best fighters to emerge on the scene in boxing the 1970s. Hailing from Southern California, Bobby was someone I looked up to as a young fighter growing up in East Los Angeles. Bobby had the natural talent, good looks, personality and power to be a memorable fighter in the ring that attracted crowds. (more…)
There has been some second-guessing regarding the World Boxing Association Championships Committee’s refusal to sanction the September 10 bout at London’s O2 Arena between WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 23 KOs), the knockout artist from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs), the exemplary boxer-puncher from x, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
The disparity in weight between the combatants was initially thought to be the deciding factor in deciding to not sanction the fight, but according to WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, weight was a secondary concern. (more…)
WBA super middleweight champion Felix Sturm is facing a hefty fine or even a three year prison term for failing a doping test after his February 20 win over Fedor Chudinov. According to German media, authorities are looking into whether Sturm violated a German law enacted in December making doping a criminal offense. Sturm, who has denied taking illegal substances, has left his gym in Cologne and moved with his family to Bosnia. His title status is still pending.
WBA #6 rated heavyweight Shannon Briggs will not be facing David Haye anytime soon. Briggs fought on Hayes’ undercard in May, supposedly with the understanding that they would meet in September. That fight never materialized and Briggs is moving on. Briggs posted on Instagram that he’s returning in December.
Former multi-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and his team are scheduled to land tonight at LAX International’s Tom Bradley Terminal aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 102 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
A press conference was held Tuesday at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal to unveil the 2016-2017 season of Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM). “This season, we will present from 10 to 12 galas in Quebec and some of our boxers are also likely to be in action outside the country on Premier Boxing Champions events,” said Michel. “We talk about 5 shows at the Montréal Casino, 2 at the Casino du Lac Leamy, 3 to 4 galas with Gestev at the Videotron Centre of Quebec City and the probability to make others events in Montreal, at venues such as the Bell Centre. By 2019, we will produce 18 events in Casinos (Montreal and Lac Leamy).” The first will take place on October 20 at the Montreal Casino.
Promoter Oscar de la Hoya was asked “What do you tell boxing fans that wanted to see Canelo-GGG instead of Canelo-Smith?”
Here is the Golden Boy’s response:
“Well, first of all, Canelo takes every fight seriously and never looks past anyone. Liam Smith is an undefeated fighter, the WBO Junior Middleweight Champion of the world, has knocked out his last eight opponents and comes from an outstanding boxing family. As of today, Canelo is a 154lb fighter. He only fought for a middleweight championship because fans wanted a fight with Miguel Cotto, and Canelo delivered by winning that fight convincingly.
“I have been clear that Canelo will fight Golovkin at 160 pounds and we have a verbal agreement to do it in the fall of 2017. But in the meantime, Canelo is going to build up to being a true middleweight. The plan is to face Smith – a big, bruising 154-pounder – in September, and if Canelo emerges victorious, to start making his way up to 160 pounds and fight Golovkin on equal turf (in terms of weight). (more…)
Jones Jr. has a message for the boxing world … I AIN’T DONE JUST YET!! Less than a month after tearing his right bicep fighting Rodney Moore — and saying the injury may end his career — Jones Jr. tells TMZ Sports he feels great and is eyeing a return to the ring. “I’m doing much better. My arm feels good.”
In fact, Roy felt good enough to catch some big fish in Pensacola, Florida this weekend (Roy says he caught a shark) … albeit while rockin’ a big arm brace.
So, when does 47-year-old RJJ anticipate a return to the squared circle? “As early as December. Possibly January.”
Eric Gomez, longtime executive at Golden Boy Promotions, has been promoted to President of the organization, Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO, Oscar De La Hoya announced today. Gomez has spent his entire professional career in boxing, first working with De La Hoya as a fighter before going on to become a renowned matchmaker at Golden Boy Promotions and later Senior Vice President overseeing all elements of the company.
“Eric has been a trusted adviser, confidante and friend throughout my career both as a fighter and a promoter,” De La Hoya said. “From close relationships with our fighters, to sharp insight into the business of the sport, to an ability to manage a growing team of professionals, there is no one in the sport who has a better or broader view of boxing.”
Effective immediately, Gomez will begin overseeing day-to-day functions of all boxing-related aspects of Golden Boy Promotions. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former two-division world champion “Schoolboy” Bobby Chacon, from Pacoima, California, has passed away at the age of 64. Details were sparse at first, but according to the Los Angeles Times Chacon fell and struck his head in a Hemet care facility early Wednesday morning and succumbed to his injuries. Chacon was the toast of Los Angeles boxing in the late 70s and early 80s, winning world titles in the featherweight and super featherweight divisions. He regularly packed Southern California boxing venues as he waged war against the likes of Ruben Olivares, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Rafael “Bazooka” Limon, Danny “Little Red” Lopez, Chucho Castillo, Alexis Arguello and many more. He ended with a career mark of 59-7-1, 47 KOs.
“Bobby Chacon was one of my all time favorite fighters,” legendary Southern California boxing publicist Bill Caplan told Fightnews.com®. “I started with him when he was an amateur in a Diamond Belt tournament at the Olympic Auditorium. He was a freshman at Cal State Northridge and I gave him the name ‘Schoolboy’ Bobby Chacon. Bobby had great boxing skills and could have survived very nicely on defense but he chose to go to war every time he fought. Entertaining the fans and winning was his warrior’s mantra. I will always love and remember Bobby.”
CES Boxing returns to Twin River Casino next Friday to showcase its own young talent. “The Future Is Now,” scheduled for September 16th. The names are Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs), a decorated junior welterweight from Worcester, Mass., who competed at the Olympic Trials in December; fellow Worcester natives Kendrick Ball Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) and Irvin Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KOs); junior welterweight Adrian Sosa (1-0, 1 KO) from Lawrence, Mass.; and New London, Conn., welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO).
“The names and faces you see on the 16th will be household names before you know it,” CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said. “Years from now, when Ortiz, Ball Jr., Marrero and others are headlining major events in fight capitals across the world, we’ll remember these nights when they all starred on the same fight card, all working their way to the top of their respective weight divisions. (more…)
Stuart Hall has vowed to gain the sweetest revenge on Lee Haskins when the pair clash for Haskins’ IBF World Bantamweight title at The O2 in London on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK. Hall is gunning to regain the title he won in 2013 and says that this shot represents his last chance to top the world. Hall and Haskins met back in 2012 for the European title, with the Bristolian edging the fight on points, and he defends the IBF belt for the second time having been elevated for full champion when Randy Caballero failed to make the weight.
The pair clashed in their head-to-head at today’s press conference and the Darlington star says Haskins doesn’t deserve to be World champion and he’ll end his reign in London.
“This is it for me,” said Hall. “Haskins thinks I’m over the hill and some old man but I can’t wait to prove him wrong. This fight means absolutely everything to me and no way am I letting that ‘Playboy’ get in the way of my dreams. (more…)
Lee Haskins has told Stuart Hall that he’ll KO him in six rounds when they clash for his IBF bantamweight title at The O2 in London on Saturday night. Haskins and Hall clashed at a fiery press conference in London today, having already locked horns at Sky Sports’ studios last week. Hall believes Haskins is not a true champion after he was elevated from interim to full IBF ruler when Randy Caballero failed to make the weight for their proposed clash in Las Vegas in November.
Haskins defended the belt for the first time in May with a wide points win over Ivan Morals in Cardiff, setting up a rematch with Hall who defeated Rodrigo Guerrero a month earlier in a final eliminator in Leeds.
Haskins holds a win over Hall back in July 2012 when they met for the European title and their bitter rivalry was born. Haskins has laughed off Hall’s attempts to rile him by saying he was gifted the strap he defends – and Haskins told Hall in no uncertain terms that he would stop him before the halfway point. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua is set for his next challenge as he will take on undefeated WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles live on HBO. We spoke to Chocolatito about his upcoming showdown with Cuadras. “We are both undefeated and champions, but coming into this fight I am the challenger looking to get that title,” Chocolatito told Fightnews.com. “The preparation was good, it was solid. Now I am just waiting for Saturday to come. It will be a great fight. I am good with the weight. I feel strong, there was no trouble making weight. You’ll see on fight night!”
Chocolatito comes into this fight as the challenger as he will be moving up in weight to face Cuadras. “His style his hit and run,” stated Gonzalez. “He moves well around the ring but running around the ring does not win you fights. A fighter wins by pressuring and landing punches but I plan on doing my job.”
Chocolatito stated he is happy to escape the shadow of undefeated middleweight superstar Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. “I feel happy that I am alone now headlining a card on HBO without Golovkin. The last three fights on HBO I have shared with Golovkin but now I am the main event,” he said. (more…)
As announced by Fightnews.com last week, Lucas Browne will be back in action soon following a suspension for a failed drug test following his title victory over Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia on March 5 this year. In a document released on Tuesday (September 6), the WBA stated that Browne will be reinstated in its top five rankings and has ordered that he face leading contender Fres Oquendo for the vacant WBA heavyweight title within 120 days. Due to the nature of Browne’s case, Browne’s promoter Hatton Promotions has not been in a position to make clear statements about his future. However, the WBA resolution now means it’s back to business as usual and Ricky Hatton is looking forward to setting up Lucas’s shot at the vacant title.
Hennessy Sports, K2 Promotions, Team Fury, Klitschko Management Group (KMG) and Frank Warren on behalf of BoxNation have announced that heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s long-awaited rematch with Ukrainian boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko will take place at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 29th October, live and exclusive on BoxNation. The giants of boxing collide again in the biggest and fiercest heavyweight rematch in recent memory. A bitter grudge match sees Fury, the linear, WBA Super, WBO champion make the first defence of the titles against the man he took them from.
Peter Fury, uncle and trainer of Tyson Fury, said: “I’m delighted that we can finally get the fight back on and in Manchester on October 29th. After hard discussions we can now focus on giving the fans what they deserve; another barnburner of a fight. Team Fury will ensure Tyson is in the shape of his life to successfully retain his world titles.”
Promoter Mick Hennessy, CEO of Hennessy Sports, said: “Everyone involved has worked tirelessly to get the world heavyweight title rematch between Tyson and Wladimir back-on and I’m thrilled that it’s now officially confirmed. This is the rematch that the boxing world has been waiting to see and the anticipation is now at boiling point so expect a highly charged and explosive fight when the best two heavyweights in the world collide. As Tyson’s promoter I have 100 percent confidence that he will retain his titles in front of his fans and make it another memorable night for British boxing to remember.” (more…)
WBO #1 bantamweight “King” Arthur Villanueva is determined to leave no doubt against WBC Continental Americas super flyweight champion Juan “El Penita” Jimenez in their rematch on September 24 at the Stubhub Center, Carson, CA. Villanueva once again faces Jimenez as one of the main undercards in ALA Promotions, TFC, and Abs-cbn’s “Philippines vs Mexico” event that features the flyweight debut of former world champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes.
Villanueva and Jimenez’ first confrontation came late May of this year for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title in the Philippines where Jimenez was able to knock Villanueva down during the second round. Villanueva got back on his feet and, hitting Jimenez’ with a hard left and right, successfully scored a knockdown against the Mexican in the third round. In an exchange of blows during the next round, the fighters’ heads collided, leaving an unconscious Jimenez on the canvas. The referee announced Villanueva as the new WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight champion after Jimenez failed to get back up within the 21-second count. Some spectators, those who watched the replay on TV, and most especially Jimenez’ team, expressed a different decision against the referee. Team Jimenez went as far as to appeal for a rematch with Villanueva, with which ALA Promotions granted. (more…)
Video: Ed Keenan
Photos: Khristopher Sandifer/Roc Nation Sports
On Tuesday, WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and two-time world champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) participated in an official press conference at Le Parker Meridien in New York City, in advance of their November 19 showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Below is what the fighters had to say at the press conference:
Sergey Kovalev: “It’s a big moment in my career. I want to thank all of the people who are involved with this fight, my promoter Kathy Duva, Roc Nation and HBO Pay-Per-View. Thank you to all of my fans. It will be a fight to remember; one for the history books. I just want to give the fans a really great fight in Vegas and on HBO Pay-Per-View.”
Andre Ward: “I’m grateful to be here today. I want to thank everyone who is associated with this event—the good, the bad, the press, all of it. Obviously HBO, Peter Nelson, Roc Nation, Main Events, everyone who’s associated with it. It’s hard to thank everybody. It’s a lot of people that you guys know of that worked on this fight to get it done. There’s a lot of different nuances that go into getting a fight like this done, but it’s done. That’s what we should all focus on.
“I thank God for this opportunity. I thank God for my career and being able to compete at a high level through the peaks and valleys. Sometimes that gets overlooked, a veteran in the game. I’ve paid my dues and I continue to pay my dues. This is just another opportunity. I’ve been in this position before and so has my opponent. It doesn’t matter what the other side says, how they feel, what they say. He’s got to get it done and I’ve got to get it done. When those bright lights come on who it’s all about who executes and who gets it done. I don’t have to throw chairs. I don’t have to cuss. I don’t have to act crazy. I said let’s fight, lets fight. You’re selling yourself. I know that what I possess and what I have is in me, and not on me.”
Photos: Matchroom Boxing
Thousands crowded into The West Piazza in Covent Garden in London today to watch public workouts of unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (35-0, 32 KOs) and IBF welterweight champion “The Special One” Kell Brook, (36-0, 25 KOs) just five days prior to their highly anticipated international showdown at The O2 on Saturday, September 10 in London, England.
Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions
Undefeated WBC flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) and undefeated WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0, 38 KOs) faced off at the final press conference ahead of their world title main event on Saturday, September 10 at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Roman Gonzalez: “I am very thankful to God and my family, and also to Cuadras for the opportunity to fight for the title. On Saturday we will have a tough fight, but God is above all things and is on my side to win the fight. On Saturday we’ll make history.”
Carlos Cuadras: “I thank all the people who helped make this fight. The time is almost here and that makes me very happy. I come with a lot of preparation, my trainer did a great job. It will be ME who makes history.”
By David Finger
It’s not easy to set yourself apart from the competition when it comes to boxing in Las Vegas, but there is little question that Roy Jones Jr. Boxing is doing just that as they bring their fourth installment of the popular “KnockOut Night at The D” series to Sin City on September 9th. The CBS Sports Network televised card will feature an exceptional crossroads fight between undefeated super lightweight contender Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles 15-0-1, 5 KOs as he takes on Canadian welterweight champion, Steve Claggett 23-4-1, 16 KOs, from Alberta, Canada. The bout will be an NABA United States championship fight and is scheduled for 10-rounds. (more…)
Lightweight Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado, Jr. (22-3-1, 19 KOs) faces former world title challenger, Diego “Mr. Superb” Magdaleno (28-2, 12 KOs) in an LA Fight Club clash on October 7. The ten rounder will take place at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles and serve as the main event on the Estrella TV, Boxeo Estelar broadcast which will also feature Philadelphia’s Damon “No Smilin” Allen (10-0, 4 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight co-main event and Maricela Cornejo (4-2, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles participating in a six-round super middleweight televised opener.
AWE TV has picked up the September 24th fight between WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla and WBC champion in recess Jorge Linares.
Deep thoughts from middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin regarding bulked up welterweight champ Kell Brook. “He came in a month before the fight at 176 lbs and then 167 lbs,” GGG told Sky Sports. “My weight has been 165 or 163 but he’s huge. He looks good. He looks strong and big. It’s interesting. It’s very serious and it’s a huge fight…My first question to my coach was about different speed but he said no – just different size, different power and different timing. I thought ‘Wow.’ It’s interesting.”
WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack has parted ways with longtime trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Eddie very disappointed in the split.
Undefeated lightweight Casey Ramos (23-0, 6 KOs) will headline an October 28th UniMas show at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Opponent is TBA. In addition to training for this nationally-televised bout, Ramos is running for City Council in his native Austin, Texas.
Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo” series is moving to fill the boxing void on Friday nights. This Saturday’s telecast featuring heavyweight Andy Ruiz and lightweight Ray Beltran in separate bouts will be the last Saturday telecast, which is a good move since the shows are often competing against boxing telecasts on the premium networks.
“With the move of “Solo Boxeo” to a new day of the week on UniMás, we will expand the reach and visibility of our content,” said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank. “We will reach an even broader audience and “Solo Boxeo” will be primed to continue its historic run as the top Spanish language boxing series.”
The first live Friday telecast takes place September 23 from Kissimmee, Florida, and will feature undefeated super lightweight contender Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) against Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs) and undefeated featherweight contender Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz (17-0, 11 KOs) against Raul Hirales (22-5-1, 11 KOs).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Dennis Hogan hopes to take another step back up the ratings with a victory over Melbourne-based Sam Colomban of the Cameroon on Saturday night at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Australia. The 31-year-old Hogan was born in Ireland but lives in Brisbane and has been training in Miami, Florida for Saturday’s big fight.
Hogan who has a record of 23 wins and a draw in 25 fights, told Sydney journalist Russ Penton he was still “bitterly disappointed” by the circumstances leading into his only loss as a professional — a 12-round points decision to WBA interim super welterweight champion Jack Culcay in Hamburg, Germany last year. (more…)
WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0, 38 KOs) and his team including his trainer Arnulfo Obando and manager Carlos Blandon, met on Monday with a large contingent of media who have flown in from Nicaragua in advance of the country’s most popular athlete’s quest for a fourth divisional world title on HBO against WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The fight will be telecast LIVE in Nicaragua on Channel 4 for its population of over 6,000,000 to watch.
“I know Carlos says a lot about my nickname but on Saturday night he will feel the fists of Chocolate,” said Gonzalez. “I need to throw combinations and keep him off-guard to win the fight. This fight is for all my people in Nicaragua and especially dedicated to my mentor, the great Alexis Arguello. I don’t think about other fights or how high I can move up. I just focus on Saturday night against Cuadras.”
WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27 KOs) continued his busy media schedule on Monday as he winds down toward Saturday’s HBO showdown with WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0, 38 KOs) at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. “This was my first time meeting Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., right away he wanted to give me pointers for Saturday night,” said Cuadras. “He throws multiple combinations but I’m too big and strong for him.”
“I like being a world champion,” stated Cuadras, “and I plan on staying that way on Saturday night. Doesn’t matter to me, knockout or decision, I will win.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/K2
Super welterweight fan favorite Jesus “El Renuente” Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, is days away from his rematch with Japanese warrior Yoshihiro Kamegai, (26-3-2, 23 KOs) this Saturday at the Forum in Los Angeles live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Fightnews.com caught up with Soto Karass as he talked about his upcoming rematch with Kamegai.
“This is the rematch. I believe I won the first fight. I didn’t lose or draw that fight,” Jesus Soto Karass told Fightnews.com®.
Soto Karass and Kamegai went toe to toe for ten rounds in what was definitely a fight of the year candidate setting the stage for an immediate rematch.
“He’s a kamikaze. I have nothing bad to say. He leaves it all in the ring,” Soto Karass said. “The last fight was non-stop at times we hit each other with low blows and kidney shots but that comes with the territory when you fight.” (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
Australian super middleweight prospect Jake Carr (11-0, 4 KOs) will break a year-long hiatus from the sport and fight his first pro bout on U.S. soil this Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Carr will take on Tacoma fan favorite Mike Gavronski (20-2-1, 13 KOs) in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ 107th installment of the long-running “Battle at the Boat” series.
Carr, who is originally from Victoria, Australia, recently made the move to the U.S. and currently resides in Los Angeles, working with well-known trainer Justin Fortune. In his four years as a pro, the highly touted Australian has racked up eleven straight wins and captured the Australian 168 lbs. championship, defeating Serge Yannik for that title in his fifth pro bout by unanimous decision. He went on to make three successful defenses of the belt. Carr will be looking to shake off a year’s worth of ring rust, having fought his last bout in August of last year, scoring a sixth round TKO win over Togasilimai Letoa. (more…)
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