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Carlos “Chuko” Diaz 134 vs. Samuel González 135 Lbs
Miguel Beltrán 134 vs. Francisco G. Piña 132 Lbs
Dennis Contreras 125 vs. Alejandro Palmera 125 Lbs
Rafael Sánchez 120 vs. Francisco Pérez 122.5 Lbs
Naroyuki Koasicha 122 vs. Miriam Rosales 122 Lbs
Venue: Gimnasio Morelos, Cuajimalpa, Mexico City
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
TV: TV Azteca, Beinsports, Azteca America
WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has announced that negotiations are underway for a fight for the vacant WBA regular heavyweight title between Lucas Browne and Fres Oquendo. “Browne’s title shot came out of a legal settlement we had to do after we got sued by Browne’s people for stripping him,” Mendoza told Sky Sports. “I think the WBA grounds were very strong. He took us to court and we settled for giving him a title opportunity…that’s what we ordered. We have been listening to the promoters, that’s a very tough fight to sell. That’s a very tough fight to make because of the amounts of money, but they are negotiating right now. We’ll see what the outcome is.”
Kell Brook hit the scales five pounds heavier than Gennady Golovkin in their final WBC check-weigh ahead of their monster clash for the WBC, IBF and IBO World Middleweight titles at The O2 in London on Saturday September 10, live on HBO and Sky Sports Box Office.
Brook was weighed at the famous Wincobank Gym in Sheffield by the British Boxing Board of Control and weighed 167.8lbs, while Golovkin tipped the scales at 162.9lb at his Big Bear Training Camp in California.
Undefeated Rickey Edwards (11-0, 3 KOs) is set to take on unbeaten Kent Cruz (10-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight contest as part of Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN this Saturday, September 3 from the Dancehall in San Antonio.
Edwards was originally scheduled to face unbeaten Cuban Yordan Frometa, who was forced to withdraw due to an injury.Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is headlined by super lightweight prospects Darwin Price and Javontae Starks in an eight-round bout. (more…)
Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF World Heavyweight title at the Manchester Arena on November 26.
Joshua landed the strap with a brutal second round KO win over former champion Charles Martin at The O2 in London in April and defended it with a seventh round stoppage win over Dominic Breazeale in June.
The 2012 Olympian put the belt on the line for a second time in his second outing at the famous Manchester venue where he stopped Konstantin Airich in three rounds in September 2014 in his eighth pro outing.
“When I first started my professional career I traveled all round the country fighting, which I loved, this is taking me back to the grass roots,” said Joshua. “I can’t wait to get back up north and show the people of Manchester how much I have improved since the last time I was there. I have been inspired over the summer by the fighters in the Olympics, it has given me a new perspective and huge hunger to get back in ring.
“It has taken a bit of time to officially announce the fight, we want this to be a spectacular show, all the way up the card and it takes time to get these things right.”
An announcement on the opponent and ticket details will be released the week commencing September 26.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KO), who just a couple of months ago was ranked #2 WBC light heavyweight contender, has decided to make a dramatic change. “It was a hard decision, for both me and Sam Colonna who spent with me ten great years, but I decided to make a change. Vigil Hunter, a coach with a great pedigree, who was working with Andre Ward when he was an Olympic champion in Athens and now when Andre is considered as one of the best P4P fighters on the planet, is my choice as a new trainer,” said Fonfara in exclusive Fightnews.com® interview.
“I had choices, my team, manager Al Haymon, my promoters suggested some very accomplished names, but after my four days in Oakland, I had no doubt that Virgil should be my next trainer. Everything went well – we had an instant understanding what and how we want to go about rest of my career. (more…)
Photos: Sumio Yamada
WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8 KOs) faced off with Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18 KOs) at the final press conference for their world title fight on Sunday at the Sky Arena in Zama, Kanagawa, Japan.
By David Finger
It’s been nearly a decade, but the Golden era of boxing may be making a comeback in the State of Colorado. Back in 2003-2006 it seemed like the long dormant boxing scene in Denver was set to explode as dozens of fighters seemed poised to break into the world rankings. As Stevie Johnston’s championship career began to wind down prospects like Mike Alvarado, Roy Delgado, Donald Camarena, Larry Gonzalez, Adrian and Anthony Mora, Torrance Daniels, Manny Perez, and Marvin Cordova all seemed poised to pick up the mantle and bring world titles of their own back to the Mile High City.
Well, on September 3rd we might be able to add the name Donald Cobb (7-0, 6 KOs) to that list of Colorado prospects poised to put the Rocky Mountain state on the boxing map. “Dynamite” Donald Cobb has all the makings of a world class prospect as well, with bone crushing power that could just catapult him right into a world title fight. But first he needs to pass his toughest test in a fight for the vacant Colorado State Light Heavyweight title: Joey Montoya (9-4-3, 3 KOs). (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Longest-reigning Filipino world champion, former WBO super champion, and former WBO jr. flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes spoke to reporters on Tuesday at the Maximo Room of Max’s Restaurant in Glendale, California. Nietes faces former champion Edgar Sosa on September 24 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
“This upcoming fight will be my first at at flyweight against Edgar Sosa,” said Nietes. “I feel comfortable at this weight and I am excited. I’ve been training since June. I’m comfortable at this weight. I already have speed. We’ll focus more on power because I’m moving up in weight.” (more…)
By David Finger
Fightnews.com is sad to report that longtime Michigan referee and boxing judge Dale Grable passed away yesterday (September 1) after a battle with lung cancer. Grable was one of the most familiar boxing officials in the state of Michigan, having worked as a referee for nearly 20 years. In that time he worked as the third man for such notable fighters like Wilfred Benitez, Tommy Hearns, Freddie Pendleton, Anthony “Baby” Jones, Duane Thomas, Michael Moorer, Tony Tubbs, Gianfranco Rosi, Buster Mathis Jr., Oba Carr, “Prince” Charles Williams, Gerald McClellan, Tom Johnson, James “Lights Out” Toney, “Prince” Naseem Hamed, Chris Byrd, Ronald Wright, Bronco McKart, Hasim Rahman, Paul Spadafora, Johnathon Banks, Stevie Johnson, and Anthony Dirrell.
But for boxing fans outside of Michigan he may be best remembered as the referee who handled Floyd Mayweather’s only knockdown as a professional in 2001 when Mayweather suffered a flash knockdown (due to an injured hand) at the hands of Carlos Hernandez in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (more…)
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
In the main event of Broadway Boxing Seies promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Nick Delomba (11-1, 2 KO’s) easily defeated Amos Cowart (11-2-1, 9 KO’s) in an 8 round fight at lightweight. Delomba, trimmed down for the opportunity and made the knockout-artist Cowart look like a lousy sparring partner throughout the fight. Delomba was bigger, faster, and stronger, dancing around his opponent and dominating in slick fashion while landing at will. Cowart never was able to land a counter-attack long enough as Delomba pivoted, struck with an uppercut or right hook, and moved like a featherweight. It was Delomba’s most impressive performance to date. The final scores were 80-72 (twice) and 78-74. (more…)
Antonio Gutierrez 156 vs. Jorge Melendez 159
Chimpa Gonzalez 134.6 vs. Jonathan Corrales 135
Oscar Duarte 135 vs. Rafael Reyes 135
Tenochtitlan Nava 127 vs. Juan Bryand 127
Lamont Roach Jr 131.4 vs. Mario Macias 133
Edgar Valerio 124.2 vs. Emmanuel Castro 126
Venue: Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) came face-to-face today at a press conference in Hamburg ahead of their WBA World Light Heavyweight title fight on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The fighters appeared in a confident mood as they discussed their upcoming world title tussle, and having twice come close to sharing a ring, both champion and challenger are eager to prove who is the better man.
Juergen Braehmer: I’m very happy this fight is finally happening. Nathan Cleverly is a great boxer. He has an offensive style and a high work-rate, which I’m sure will make for an entertaining night for the fans in Neubrandenburg. Of course, every fight is a challenge, but I believe Nathan will provide me with one of the biggest challenges of my career. However, together with my coach Conny Mittermeier, I will leave no stone unturned, and on October 1, my hand will be raised and the belt will remain around my waist.
Nathan Cleverly: This fight is my destiny. Juergen has been fantastic for German boxing, but it’s time for a young lion to come and rip that title from him. He’s 37 years old and hopefully this fight will mark the end of his career.
By Karl Freitag
Current WBO junior middleweight world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) hosted a media conference call on Thursday ahead of his showdown against former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Liam Smith: “Canelo is the big name but I am the champion. Hopefully the judges respect that…I’ve always been told I’ve got a style the American fans will like. What you see is what you get, I’m coming to fight…this fight is right up my alley. Every time I think about the fight, it gets me excited…my mind is set on Canelo. When I beat Canelo, my next fight will be Canelo again! They will want the rematch.”
Smith Promoter Frank Warren: “There is no possibility of Billy Joe Saunders vs. Canelo in December because Liam Smith is going to win this fight!” (Warren added that Saunders’ next fight will be announced Monday.)
Golden Boy VP Eric Gomez: “It’s going to be a successful night. At this point we’ve passed sales for both Manny Pacquiao fights. Tickets are moving.”
Kovalev-Ward tickets officially go on sale tomorrow at 2PM ET/11PM PT. If you want to beat the rush, you can grab your tickets right now at this link. The presale code to purchase tickets is Krusher
The PPV fight is November 19 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Good news for a sparse weekend of live televised boxing action. Now airing Saturday night on beIN Sports en Español is the ten round bout between undefeated super featherweight Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (20-0, 10 KOs) and Samuel “Pana” González (11-3, 8 KOs) from Deportivo Morelos in Mexico City. Zanfer is very high on the 21-year-old “Chuko’s” potential to be a future world champion. Gonzalez is a late sub.
The co-main event highlights the return of the first Campeón Azteca (Aztec Champion) Miguel “Barreterito” Beltrán (31-4, 21 KOs), who will face Francisco Gabriel Piña (12-12-5, 5 KOs) in a super featherweight fight.
This weekend is the lull before the storm as the schedule for the rest of the month features many big fights.
By Karl Freitag
Today marks the beginning of a new era in boxing in the state of New York. Under new rules, promoters are now required to provide $50,000 in general medical coverage (up 500%) plus an additional requirement for a million dollar insurance bond for each fighter in the event of a traumatic brain injury. The move is expected to drive boxing out of the state due to the exorbitant costs. New York promoters Lou DiBella and Joe DeGuardia are calling on the NYSAC to eliminate the additional million dollar insurance for brain injuries. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has already stated that under the new rules he wouldn’t be able to afford to do business in New York. As of now, there are currently NO boxing cards scheduled in the state.
IBF #3, WBO #5, WBC #9, WBA #15 light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) returns to the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping on October 28 to take on the ‘Albanian Bomber’ Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) in a twelve-round title fight.
The ‘Swedish Sensation’ is back in action following a bloody brawl with Ryno Liebenberg on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm, where despite suffering a bad cut above his right eye, Skoglund scored a unanimous points victory. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
AIBA starts disciplinary action against 5-star referee/judges, known as The Magnificent Seven, and the suspended executive director of the organization Karim Bouzidi. As Fightnews.com® previously informed, the president of the Olympic boxing Ching-Kwo Wu summoned his vice-presidents, the chairman of AIBA disciplinary commission Tom Virgets and the R/J evaluator for the Olympic competition in Rio Ray Silvas. (more…)
Four notable heavyweights will collide in twelve-round bouts on October 15 at a venue to be named in Hamburg, Germany. In the main event, former Tyson-Fury foe Christian Hammer (19-4, 11 KOs) takes on unbeaten former Euro champ Erkan Teper (16-0, 10 KOs) for the WBO Europe belt. Also, unbeaten Adrian Granat (13-0, 12 KOs) and Franz Rill (13-1, 9 KOs) meet for the IBF International title. The card is promoted by EC Boxpromotion and Z! Promotion.
By Morrison Brandon
This Labor Day Weekend at the on the Gulf Coast, former title holder Donald “Tiger” Stokes will return to the squared circle for the first time in over 19 years. The previously retired veteran will be the headliner as Rite Hook Promotions brings “Sweet Science VI” to the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi. MS. The 47-year-old Stokes (39-2-1, 33 KOs) will be competing in a cruiserweight bout for the first time against James Johnson (4-10-1, 1 KO) to cap off the holiday weekend card.
I had the opportunity to speak with the previously retired veteran earlier this week, and inquired about his motivation after nearly two decades out of the ring. Stokes indicated that his motivation peaked while training a local fighter on a card about a month prior, and relayed an urge to attempt a swan song before his window of opportunity closed. He also admitted a desire to perform in front his oldest son, born about a month after his last fight in 1997 against WBC champion Keith Mullings. (more…)
Photo: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions
Former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) hosted a media workout at the House of Boxing in San Diego on Wednesday ahead of his clash with WBO junior middleweight world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on Mexican Independence Day Weekend on September 17 at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas.
Below is what Canelo had to say at today’s media workout in San Diego:
“I love San Diego because it’s really calm here, which is something I require when I am in camp. I feel comfortable and at home which makes me feel great while training, and allows me to train at 100 percent. (more…)
Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart 137 vs. “Nice” Nick DeLomba 137
Dardan Zenunaj 130 vs. Jose “Shorty” Salinas 131
“Marvelous” Mykey Williams 142 vs. David Nelson 140
Irvin Gonzalez 126 vs. Juan Muniz 129
Anthony Laureano 146 vs. Nahir Albright 144
Jonathan “Smooth” Figueroa 144 vs. Demetris Williams 144
Jon “Jonfer” Fernandez 132 vs. Naciff “Chata” Castillo 132
Wesley Ferrer 139 vs. Angel Figueroa 139
Venue: Fox Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Tickets: $125, $75 and $45
Undefeated lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, (15-0, 9 KOs) will face Fermin “El Seda” De Los Santos, (28-15-2, 18 KOs) in an eight round clash on the non-televised undercard of the WBC super flyweight world championship between Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) and defending undefeated world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-0, 27 KOs) September 10 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Martin vs. De Los Santos, contested for the vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas title, will be telecast live on the international broadcast on the evening of the event.
Co-featured on September 10 and also telecast live on HBO along with Gonzalez vs. Cuadras is a 10-round junior middleweight rematch between Yoshihiro Kamegai, (26-3-2, (23 KOs) and Jesus “Renuente” Soto-Karass, (28-10-4, 18 KOs).
Bizzarro Promotions steps back into the ring Saturday, September 3rd at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, PA with a main event featuring Prenice “Greatness” Brewer (17-4-1, 6 KOs) against upset minded Justin “Baby Boy” Johnson (6-12-6) in a six-round welterweight contest. The co-main event is a six-round contest featuring Youngstown, Ohio super featherweight prospect Alejandro “Popo” Salinas (6-1, 6 KOs) against an opponent to be determined. (more…)
The top two ranked heavyweights by the World Boxing Council (WBC), #1 Alexander Povetkin and #2 Bermane Stiverne, have recently been ordered to fight for the interim WBC heavyweight title. The winner will become the interim champion and will defend the title until champion Deontay Wilder, is ready to come back from the injuries sustained in July.
“I would like to thank Don King and the honorable Mauricio Sulaiman of the WBC for giving me this opportunity to fight for the heavyweight title once again,” said Stiverne. “For the betterment of boxing in general, and the heavyweight division in particular, I plan to knock Povetkin out and bring this title to America. Then I will get my revenge against Wilder, when he is ready.”
Promoter Don King has been fielding calls from interested parties from all over the world that want to host this World Heavyweight Championship fight that will take place by the end of 2016.
Don King lists the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Philippines, the two locations of the most famous Muhammad Ali fights, at the top of the list of possible sites. Kuala Lumpur is also among international possibilities and, of course, United States boxing hotbeds New York and Las Vegas are sure to be in the mix as well. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions will be celebrating its one year partnership with Estrellla TV’s Boxeo Estelar on Friday’s installment of LA Fight Club from the historic Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles featuring a Mexico vs. Puerto Rico fight between middleweight contenders Antonio “La Joya” Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and Manati, Puerto Rico’s Jorge Melendez (28-6-1, 26 KOs).
So far, the shining highlight of the Estrella TV series was the ten round war between Jesus Soto “Reunente” Karass and Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai on April 15 that ended in a draw. That fight was so good, the rematch will be on HBO September 10.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Faster footworker Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11 KOs), 108, Japan, successfully kept his WBA light-flyweight belt when he kept outfighting the mandatory challenger Ryo Miyazaki (24-2-3, 15 KOs), 108, and pounded out a unanimous verdict on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Taguchi, making his fourth defense, made good use of circling and jabbing to steadily pile up points throughout the contest. The tallies were as follows: Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) 119-109, Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) 117-111, and Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico) 116-112, all for Taguchi, taller by four inches. The referee was Melva Santos (Puerto Rico). Miyazaki made a good start when he showed an opening attack to the compatriot. But Taguchi took back the initiative from the second round on, averting Miyazaki’s attack and throwing good jabs and countering left hooks. As the contest progressed, Taguchi’s dominance became clearer with Miyazaki’s inexplicable retreating. Miyazaki, from Osaka, displayed his last surge in the final session but it wasn’t enough to overcome his deficits on points.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Panamanian Luis Concepcion (35-4, 24 KOs), 114.75, captured the WBA super-flyweight belt as he maintained the initiative, withstood the retaliation of defending champ Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13 KOs), 115, in later rounds and earned a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies read: Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) and Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) both 116-112, and Melva Santos (Puerto Rico) 115-113, all for Concepcion. Kono, making his fourth defense, failed to show his usual zip, and Concepcion, formerly WBA interim flyweight titlist, took the leadoff from the outset, sweeping almost all in the first half. Kono might forget the utility of his left hand and only tried to counter him with a right shot at a time. Occasionally Kono’s right counters were effective, but Concepcion endured the champ’s retaliation and kept on fighting more aggressively than Kono. It’s a gory affair as Kono sustained a cut over the left eyebrow in the seventh and kept streaming blood from then on, while Concepcion suffered a gash over the left option in the eleventh. We saw them put on a give-and-take performance especially in later rounds, but it was the much shorter Concepcion that controlled the affair with his aggressiveness. It was a night for “El Nica.”
Paul and Callum Smith, Gavin McDonnell and Kid Galahad complete the line-up on the undercard of the showdown between middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook at The O2 in London on September 10. The Smiths, McDonnell and Galahad join a stacked card with Lee Haskins defending his IBF world bantamweight title in a rematch with bitter rival Stuart Hall, and Charlie Edwards challenging for a world title against two-weight IBF flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum stopped by Lance Armstrong’s house in Aspen to talk Muhammad Ali, Don King, a possible Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rematch and much more. Really good interview.
After the Olympic Boxing Tournament at Rio 2016, with 13 gold medals awarded at the end of 16 days of competition and 273 bouts, AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA Vice-Presidents and Commission Chairs convened in Lausanne for two days of meetings to reflect on events during the Olympics and the necessary reforms the organisation needs to undertake in order to build on the several groundbreaking changes implemented at Rio 2016.
“Since I became the President of AIBA, we have always been looking at ways in which we might progress the sport, pushing it further for the benefit of the National Federations and the boxers. Throughout boxing’s rich history, we have seen important changes that have defined the sport we love today, and I know that there are still improvements to be made. Now, we are holding strategic discussions between AIBA executives to lay down new milestones to maintain that positive evolution and vision,” said the AIBA President. (more…)
Action Movie Star and big fight fan Jean Claude Van Damme was in Melbourne this week and was interviewed by promoter Peter Maniatis for the C31 KO Boxing show.
The architect and impresario behind the legendary The Rumble In the Jungle and Thrilla in Manila and countless other historic classic boxing events, Hall of Fame promoter, Don King, has plenty of fight left in him. King, still going strong at 85, is planning an upcoming “Salute To Greatness” worldwide boxing series in memory of Muhammad Ali.
The idea, says King, “is to do a global salute to the memory of the greatest, Muhammed Ali” by revisiting some of the cities and countries King helped make famous and to promote major championship events, every few months, in new locations around the world, for Ali and the people’s champions for peace globally.
“I brought international fame and acclaim to cities and countries, brought them worldwide recognition, put them on map,” King said. “We put Manila on the map, same with Zaire and many other places. With this series, we’re open to do things that have never happened before.
“We could go anywhere and everywhere, we’re gonna conquer the world. They’re calling me, Africa is calling me. I don’t even have to call them. (more…)
“Today I’m announcing my retirement from professional boxing,” 33-year-old former IBO super featherweight champion Jack Asis (35-19-5, 18 KOs) said today. “This is a happy occasion and I’m very comfortable with my decision. I’ve been boxing a long time and the sport has given me so much, now it’s time for the next phase of my life. This decision was not an easy one but one in my heart I know is what is best for me and my family. I’ve had a great career and I’m very lucky my dreams did come true. I won an IBO World title and in my last fight defended it in South Africa against a great fighter. I finish my career like I started it – I gave my all, I tried my best – that’s all anyone can do regardless of winning and losing.”
Asis informed his trainer/manager Brendon Smith of his decision last weekend. (more…)
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