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Two weeks before the rematch of Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury on July 9 in the Manchester Arena, the Brit has now postponed the fight due to an ankle injury. If Fury really has to stay off his ankle for six-to-seven weeks as he says, the Fury-Klitschko rematch could be delayed four months or more.
Wladimir Klitschko: “Of course, I am currently totally disappointed about the cancellation. As well as for my fans, I´m very sorry, they were all very excited for this rematch. But one thing is also clear: This just means I’ll get my belt a few weeks later.”
Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group: “It is unfortunate that the fight will not take place. Wladimir is in great form. We are working hard on an alternative date and our desire is still to hold the fight at the Manchester Arena. Once we can say more, we will report it immediately.”
Tyson Fury Statement: I’ve got a little bit of bad news for you all. About ten days ago, I was running up in the Lake District and I went over on me ankle, sprained me ankle. I’ve been to the hospital and had X-rays and MRI scans and all that stuff. They say it’s not broken but it’s badly sprained, keep off it for six, seven weeks. I tried to still train a bit. On a second opinion a week later I had the same advice. So the fight will be being postponed. Sorry to all me fans to let you down, injuries do happen and it’s one of them things. My apologies to everybody who’s booked dates. The fight will be on as soon as possible, that’s all I know at this moment. But the fight’s still going ahead as soon as the ankle gets better we will reschedule. Thank you all and God bless.
Peter Fury Statement: So there’s no doubt of injury…sorry to our fans. The fight date will be postponed with a new date released very soon, probably today. Fight will remain in Manchester with the same venue.
— peter fury. (@peterfury) June 24, 2016
By Karl Freitag
Camden, New Jersey, super featherweight Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over previously unbeaten world champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs) to claim the WBA super featherweight title on Friday night at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China.
Sosa, a huge underdog, dropped Fortuna with a left hook in the eleventh, the champ beat the count but was unable to continue.
— WBA (@WBABoxing) June 24, 2016
By Marco Bratusch
Italian boxing promotion company OPI2000 won the purse bid last Wednesday at the EBU headquarters in Rome earning the right to stage the next European middleweight championship. The winning bid was 43,900 Euros, slightly outbidding another offer of 40,000 Euros. The vacant title will be disputed between two Italian fighters, the OPI2000-promoted Emanuele Blandamura (25-2, 5 KOs) and Matteo Signani (23-4-3, 8 KOs), managed by Mario Loreni. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Porfirio C Barron Jr.
Fightnews.com caught up with former world champion Mike Alvarado at Montoya’s Boxing Gym in Dallas during his media day on Thursday. Alvarado and other fighters including Josh Torres, Erick De Leon and Joey Alday showed their skills to fans and media on hand.
Alvarado, 35-4, 24 KOs, will be taking on Torres, 15-4-2, 7 KOs at The Bomb Factory in Dallas on Saturday. In the opening televised fight, Matt Korobov, 25-1, 13 KOs, will battle against Bryan Vera, 23-10,14 KOs. The big Top Rank card will be televised by Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas.
[On fighting Josh Torres] I have seen a little bit of video of Josh Torres, don’t know too much about him. He hasn’t had too many fights. He’s tough, he’s going to bring it. I have to be ready. I am not overlooking him at all, I don’t overlook any of my opponents. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In a clash for the vacant WBA super bantamweight title, former WBA bantamweight and super bantamweight interim titleholder Nehomar Cermeño (24-5-1, 14 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Jun Qiu Xiao (20-3, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China. Cermeño dropped Jun in round two, and out-skilled Jun all the way. Referee Luis Pabon finally waved in off in the twelfth round. The title was formerly held by Carl Frampton who moved up in weight.
Super featherweight Can Xu (9-2, 0 KOs) outworked Corey McConnell (15-2-1, 2 KOs) over twelve rounds to retain his WBA international title. Scores were 119-110, 119-110, 116-112.
“Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” kicks off its Summer Season tonight with another edition of the famed boxing rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico. WBO Latino super flyweight champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (13-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico City faces former world title challenger and current WBO Latino interim super flyweight champion David “Gabo” Quijano (16-5-1, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico. The bout will be a 10 round main event at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc.
Rodriguez got off to a good start in 2016 with a clear victory over Miguel Cartagena in February. The victory saw him regain the WBO Latino super flyweight title. He is back in the world rankings at #15 by the WBO and a victory over the #14 ranked Quijano will go a long way towards getting him closer to his ultimate goal of a world title fight. (more…)
By Tony Mayger/Ringtone Boxing
As Wladimir Klitschko prepares to reclaim the titles that he lost to Tyson Fury back in November 2015, the media were invited to a press conference at his camp in Austria.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Promoter Andrey Ryabinsky, whose company World of Boxing promotes WBC #1 contender Alexander Povetkin, has confirmed a $34.5 million lawsuit filed against Deontay Wilder and his team. The lawsuit counters a $5 million lawsuit filed by Wilder against Ryabinsky for failure to deliver Povetkin for their scheduled May 21 fight, which had the plug pulled after Povetkin tested positive for a banned substance.
Ryabinsky posted the following on social media:
Yes. It’s true. We have filed a lawsuit against the Team Wilder. The size of the claim is $34.5 million, which we estimate is the damage caused by them to our reputation. In one of five tests Povetkin was detected with a residual trace of meldonium. In the fourth, the rest were clean. We will prove that Sasha did not take meldonium during the banned period. This drug was banned on January 1, 2016. There is an ongoing investigation, but our opponents have already watered dirt in all media. It’s unfair, dishonest and unsportsmanlike conduct that has harmed our reputation. We won’t allow our athletes to be defamed and will force our American colleagues to publicly apologize. That is my position. And I’m so sure of it, for the simple reason that it’s, in fact, true. Sasha did not break any rules.
With the express goal of promoting boxing in areas where the sport has not yet taken hold, the World Boxing Association announced today that it has opened an office in Beijing called WBA-China. “This cooperation agreement is vital for the development of regional boxing,” said WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, “so the Chinese fighters can grow within the country, then seek regional titles and of course try to qualify for a world title. But the most important thing is that we meet one of the main objectives of the WBA, which is to promote pugilism in different parts of the world.”
Li Yi Dong has been appointed president of WBA-China and is as enthusiastic as Mendoza at this development.
“The Chinese market has great future,” he said, “because right now the government of my country is promoting this activity. So I think the WBA-China will have a great future and will be vital for the development of the sport in China.”
The newly opened offices for WBA-China will have the power to regulate title fights in China with the aim of creating opportunities for Chinese fighters to fight for regional titles before fighting for a world championship.
Ricardo Rodriguez 115 vs. David Quijano 114
(WBO Latino super flyweight title)
Sammy Valentin 145.8 vs. Greg Jackson 146.6
Luis Sanchez 151.8 vs. Michael Davis 151.2
Santiago Arroyo 119.2 vs. Hector Gonzalez 120
John Cooley 123.8 vs. Roberto Martinez 127
Viktor Kulakovski 151.2 vs. Curtis Waller 149.2
Mark Reyes 146.4 vs. Niko Browne 148
Venue: A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing
LaRon Mitchell 244 vs. Epifanio Mendoza 230
Erick Ituarte 127.7 vs. Daniel Ramirez 128
Manuel Mendez 139 vs. Ricardo Maldonado 139
Eridanni Leon 147 vs. Rasheed Lawal 146.4
Rudy Garcia 119 vs. Rafael Rivera 118
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their eagerly anticipated welterweight world title showdown this Saturday live in primetime on CBS at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Keith Thurman: “It’s always been my dream to be the undisputed champion of the world. I’m looking forward to a great performance. I’m excited to a great challenge from Shawn Porter. There is a burning desire within myself to have a knockout victory. It’s hard to make world-class fighters quit. The fans ultimately want to see that knockout victory…there are real stakes are on the line this Saturday night. Our careers are on the line. My title is on the line. My undefeated record is on the line. It’s a great fight and a great matchup.”
Shawn Porter: “This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last time that two friends fight. I’m done talking about us being friends because it’s time for us to start punching each other. My plan is to have great defense, avoid getting hit and win the fight…I’m not going to go in there looking for a knockout and throw my hands wildly. I’m going to keep up the pace that I normally keep up. I’m a great boxer. People consider me a boxer, but I may surprise you.” (more…)
Undefeated lightweight prospect Andy “El Tiburon” Vences is all set for his return to the ring on Saturday, July 9, at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California, on a Top Rank Card that will be televised by Unimas on the popular Solo Boxeo Tecate series.
“It’s been a good training camp. We worked very hard to get into the best condition possible and become stronger and faster for this fight. I am very happy with the work and will be ready to give the fans a good fight,” said Vences, who is from San Jose, California. Vences (15-0, 10 KOs) will be looking for his second win of 2016 when he takes on Moises Delgadillo (15-15-2, 8 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in an eight round bout. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Two-time world title challenger Tommy Browne (30-6-1, 11 KOs) will clash with Irishman, Joe Rea (10-28-5, 4 KOs) over ten rounds at the Wests Rugby Leagues club, Campbelltown , Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday with the WBF middleweight title up for grabs. Browne, 33 years of age, turned professional in 2002 and captured the WBC Youth featherweight title by defeating Mexico’s Rodolfo Lopez in 2004 and in 2005 challenged In-Jin Chi for the WBC featherweight crown losing a twelve round decision. Also in 2005 Browne lost a WBA featherweight challenge to Chris John. Browne’s last defeat was to IBF-rated 140 pounder Lenny Zappavigna in 2008. (more…)
Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez digs in and prepares hard for his title bout vs Matias Rueda of Argentina. Valdez vs Rueda battle on Top Rank’s pay per view card headlined by Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Top Rank Photographer Mikey Williams dropped into the camps of Oscar Valdez who is training at The Rock gym in Carson, California and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez who is training at Hill Street Boxing Gym in Long Beach, California. Both Top Rank fighters are looking in phenomenal shape and they are looking forward to their next bouts scheduled on PPV July 23 on the undercard of Terence Crawford versus Viktor Postol at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.
Photos: Martina Houdek / SES
Pro boxing returns Saturday in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, with three international title bouts featuring “Team Czech Republic.” In the main event, WBC Youth female light flyweight champion Fabiana Bytyqi defends her title against Teodora Bacheva, WBO European female featherweight champion Lucie Sedlackova defends her title against Sopio Putkaradze, and WBO European super welterweight champion Stepan Horvath defends his title against Ferenc Hafner. TV Nova will televise in the Czech Republic.
“I am very proud of the development of our project in the Czech Republic,” said SES Boxing promoter Ulf Steinforth. “After one year, we’ve already moved Team Czech Republic quite far – the ‘boxing stars’ already have won titles and partnering with TV NOVA, the market leader in the Czech Republic, we’ve successfully and firmly established boxing. (more…)
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) and challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) faced off today at the final press conference before their clash on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London.
Anthony Joshua: I want an explosive KO on Saturday…Dominic is the danger man and I’m taking him very seriously. I have to put an end to his dreams – I’m the dreamcrusher!
Dominic Breazeale: I can’t leave this to the judges. The only way to win a heavyweight championship is to knock your opponent out…the only thing me and Charles Martin have in common is that we are American! Anthony and I are two big punchers.
By Byron Spurlock
WBO Intercontinental jr featherweight champion “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) battles Mexican warrior Cesar Juarez (17-5, 13 KOs) on July 9th at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA. The “Fists of the Future” press conference kicked off on Wednesday afternoon at the ABS-CBN International Studios in Redwood City. Cesar Juarez was not in attendance.
Albert Pagara: “Cesar Juarez is a strong Mexican fighter who loves to move forward and attack but I’m ready to face him. I will be ready for him. My Plan is to stick to my game plan and not fall into his, which is to have a street fight. I don’t plan to play into what the crowd wants, despite the crowd maybe being largely Hispanic. I know that the Filpino community will be there to represent as well. I’m going to stick to my game plan because I’m here to win.” (more…)
Canelo Alvarez promoter Oscar de la Hoya has announced on Twitter that the much anticipated showdown between WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo will have to marinate until Fall 2017. Canelo is slated to return to the ring on September 17 against an opponent to be named.
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) June 22, 2016
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Javier Fortuna 130 vs. Jason Sosa 129.3
(WBA super featherweight title)
Jun Qiu Xiao 121.8 vs. Nehomar Cermeno 121.8
(WBA super bantamweight title)
Can Xu 127.75 vs. Corey McConnell 129.6
Alesia Graf 117.4 vs. Noemi Bosques 117.6
Herman Ene Purcell 244 vs. Jong-Suk Lee 211
Venue: Capital Gym, Beijing, China
Promoter: Max Power Promotions
TV: CCTV5 (China)
Former Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is back in the boxing business. Schaefer made the rounds Wednesday telling boxing media about his new company “Ringstar Sports.” The 55-year-old former Swiss banker hasn’t signed any fighters or staff yet, but plans to make a bid to ink some of the 2016 Rio Olympians, as well as contractually available pros.
Schaefer left Golden Boy in June 2014 after a bitter falling out with Oscar de la Hoya and had to wait out a non-compete clause before getting back in the game. He has a close relationship with boxing manager Al Haymon, who works with a variety of promoters.
Undefeated IBF #10, WBC #12 junior featherweight contender Luis “KO King” Rosa Jr. (22-0, 10 KOs) takes on former world title challenger Luis “Barcelo” Hinojosa (28-9, 17 KOs) in the eight-round main event Thursday night, June 30, in Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Hinojosa, who was stopped in the 11th round by Yonfrez Parejo in their 2014 interim WBA bantamweight title fight, lost seven of his first eight fights but then turned his career around. His last fight was against a different fighter also named Luis Rosa. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
The newly formed Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions will stage their inaugural pro boxing event this Saturday night at Harmony Hall in Olympia, Washington with a seven bout line-up scheduled. The new promotion, which was formed with the goal to showcase top regional talent, will feature primarily Pacific Northwest fighters in the first of three shows tentatively scheduled for this year. (more…)
Former world champion Mike Alvarado will be at a Media Day in Dallas on Thursday, June 23. Alvarado and other fighters including Erick De Leon of Detroit will work out 2 pm at Montoya’s Boxing Gym, 7711 Military Way, Dallas, 75227. Fight fans are welcome to attend.
Alvarado, 35-4, 24 KOs, will be taking on Josh Torres, 15-4-2, 7 KOs at The Bomb Factory in Dallas on Saturday, June 25. In the opening televised fight Matt Korobov, 25-1, 13 KOs, will battle against Bryan Vera, 23-10,14 KOs.
The big Top Rank card will be televised by Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas.
On July 16 world-rated Mexican heavyweight contender Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) from Mexicali will appear in the 10-round main event of Salita Promotions’ next “Detroit Brawl” installment at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit. Ruiz, rated WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7, is the current NABF heavyweight champion. In his last in-ring appearance, Ruiz stopped former world title challenger Ray Austin in the fourth round on May 14 in Studio City, California.
“I cannot wait to get back into the ring,” said Ruiz. “I’ve got some thunder coming with me to Detroit.” (more…)
UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card on Saturday night featuring an eight round welterweight scrap between former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (35-4, 24 KOs) of Denver and New Mexico’s Josh Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.
In the co-feature, 2008 Russian Olympian and former world title challenger Matt Korobov (25-1, 13 KOs) returns against Texan Brian Vera (23-10, 14 KOs) in an eight round middleweight clash.
Also, unbeaten super featherweight Erick De Leon (12-0, 6 KOs) from Detroit meets Carlos Valcarcel 14-7-4, 5 KOs) of Puerto Rico in an eight rounder, and unbeaten welterweight Arturo Marquez (2-0, 2 KOs), son of former world champion Raul Marquez, faces Nubian Houston (0-3-1).
Jesse Garcia vs. Gabriel Gutierrez (super lightweight)
Joey Alday Jr vs. Justin Henderson (super welterweight)
Alejandro Arnold vs. Porfirio Arellano (featherweight)
Jarvis Shepard vs. TBA (lightweight)
Amon Rashidi vs. Benjamin Vasquez (welterweight)
Alejandro Guerrero vs. Luis Caballero (super lightweight)
Unbeaten welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) has returned to the gym and is training in anticipation of his next bout. On June 4, Perrella destroyed previously unbeaten two-time National Golden Gloves champion David Grayton in two rounds on ESPN. Rather than go on vacation or celebrate his victory, the 27-year-old Fort Myers, Florida native immediately wanted to resume training. At the advice of his team, he took a short period of time off before getting back into the gym less than two weeks after his career-best victory.
“I live, eat and sleep boxing,” said Perrella. “This is what I do for a living and I take my career seriously. Since I’m moving up and believe I’m ready to take a big step forward in the welterweight division, there’s no time to waste. I don’t have any vices and stay in shape year round. Next fight, I’ll be even better and want there to be no doubt in anybody’s mind that I’m one of the next stars in the welterweight division.”
Undefeated Bilal Laggoune, now 19-0-2, 9 KOs, considered by most observers as the best actual Belgian boxer due to his accomplishments, will make his official debut at light heavyweight on Saturday in Ninove, Belgium, against vastly experienced Frenchman Hakim Chioui, 31-5-1, 19 KOs, over twelve rounds for the vacant WBC Francophone title. Chioui is a former French national champion. He was knocked out in nine rounds for the EBU title by Igor Mikhailkin.
Laggoune, himself a three-time national champion, former WBC Mediterranean champion and EBU-EU champion, is best known for his draw against hard hitting Dmytro Kucher for the vacant EBU cruiserweight title. Kucher recently went on to win that vacant belt by knocking out Enzo Maccarinelli inside one round. All of Laggoune’s belts have been won at cruiserweight.
On the undercard his friend and sponsor, multimillionaire Joe Fournier will have a 4 rounder against Belgian Mustapha Stini. Meriton Karaxha, Femke Hermans and former EBU challenger Elfi Philips will have bouts on the show promoted by the brother of Bilal, Ezzedine Laggoune.
The California State Athletic Commission and other state commissions have already approved earlier weigh-ins and the Nevada Athletic Commission is testing the idea, the reasoning being to allow additional time for fighters to rehydrate.
But longtime boxing regulator Greb Sirb believes weigh-in times are going in the wrong direction.
By moving weigh-ins to an early time (some 30/36 Hours) before the fight I think we only encourage more weight-loss because now the fighters “think” they have that extra time to re-hydrate.
The point is these fighters should NOT be de-hydrated.
This proposal leads to 2 major problems:
(1) – fighters that are de-hydrated still may NOT be properly re-hydrated even with the extra time.
(2) – If there is no 2nd day weigh-in to check excessive weight gain – you may have some rather large differences in weights come fight time.
What is more important what a fighter weighs 30-36 hrs before the competition or what he weighs at the time of competition? (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #4, WBO #4 147-pounder, Jeff Horn (14-0,9 KOs) has challenged former WBA 168-pound champion Anthony Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) but Horn’s promoter Duco Events says Mundine is not worth a million dollars, according to Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail newspaper. Mundine was reportedly dominated by Horn in a sparring session.
Former Australian 118-pound champion Andrew Moloney (7-0, 4 KOs) and his twin 122-pound brother Jason Moloney (7-0, 7 KOs) will be in action against Filipino opponents on Friday night at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Andrew will face southpaw Cris Alfante (11-5-1, 4 KOs), while Jason takes on John Amuzu (18-1, 16 KOs). The promoter is Peter Maniatis.
Maniatis is planning to be in the Philippines in mid-July to check on WBC #5 Randy Petalcorin, who is training and planning his next bout sometime late July.
As the ALA team settles in San Francisco, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who has always welcomed them in his gym at the Wild Card in LA, did not hesitate to claim how he sees Filipino prospect “Prince” Albert Pagara. “Albert is one of the best Filipino fighters in the world. I think he may be a future champion,” said Roach when asked to give a statement for Pagara’s tough upcoming test against Cesar Juarez of Mexico, who fought for the world title against Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire early December of last year, a “Fight of the Year” nominee.
Regarded as one of the top rising stars in Philippine Boxing, the undefeated Pagara is #2 in the WBO world rankings and is the current WBO Intercontinental jr. bantamweight champion. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Current WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Głowacki of Poland and mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk from Ukraine met today at the kickoff press conference in Warsaw. They will face-off for real on September 17 at the Ergo Arena in Gdańsk, Poland. They both looked extremely confident and promised a great fight – when it comes to this world title fight, we all know anything can happen.
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