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On July 14, 2016, WBA Championship Committee Chairman George Martinez contacted WBA World welterweight champion Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KO), the knockout artist from Clearwater, Florida, and WBA World interim super welterweight champion Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs), from Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany, by way of Ambato, Ecuador, regarding their respective mandatory challengers.
The letter to each champion says, “Please take notice, that according to championship rule 11 you must defend the title against the official challenger every nine months (9) from the date you became the champion.
“Pursuant to WBA rule C.13 — Bout Limitations— the champion may not fight a boxer who is not the official challenger within sixty (60) days of the expiration of the mandatory defense period.
“This committee is granting you a period of thirty (30) days to negotiate your upcoming mandatory fight beginning July 14th, 2016 and will close at the end of the business day (- 5 GMT) on August 13th, 2016.”
The two letters differ when it comes to naming the mandatory challengers for both champions.
The letter to Keith Thurman states, “Since you won the championship on March 06, 2015 the next obligatory championship bout is past due from December 2, 2015, and shall box against the official contender (Interim Champion) David Avanesyan.”
The letter to Jack Culcay states, “Since you won the championship on May 21, 2016 the next obligatory championship bout should take place no later than September 20, 2016 and shall box against the official contender Demetrius Andrade.”
If an agreement cannot reached between Thurman and Avanesyan, or by Culcay and Andrade, “the championship committee may call a purse bid.”
Tickets for the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO World Middleweight title clash between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook sold-out in just 11 minutes at The O2 box-office today. Golovkin and Brook meet at the London venue on September 10 live on Sky Sports Box Office and HBO and fight fans have snapped up the tickets in a heartbeat to see pound-for-pound star Golovkin box in the UK for the first time against the unbeaten IBF World Welterweight champion. Two more World title contests were added this week as bitter rivals Lee Haskins and Stuart Hall rematch X years after their first fight, this time with Haskins’ IBF World Bantamweight crown on the line and Charlie Edwards lands a World title shot in just his ninth pro fight as he takes on IBF Flyweight king Johnriel Casimero. Martin J. Ward and Andy Townend clash for the vacant British Super-Featherweight title and Conor Benn tastes his fourth night of action in the paid ranks, with more fights to be added soon.
Guillermo Rigondeaux 121 vs. Jazza Dickens 121
(WBA world super bantamweight title)
Terry Flanagan 134 vs. Mzonke Fana 134
(WBO world lightweight title)
Liam Williams 153 vs. Gary Corcoran 151
Bradley Skeete 146 vs. Alex Lapelley 145
Tommy Langford 159 vs. Timo Laine 159
Venue: Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff, Wales
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: BoxNation (UK)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
WBO interim super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (29-1, 26 KOs) faced off with WBO #2 rated challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-2, 41 KOs) at their final press conference on Thursday in advance of Saturday’s world title clash in Los Reyes La Paz, Mexico.
Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo: “We’ve seen Berchelt, he’s a good champion, but doesn’t have the experience or the heart that I have. This is my third opportunity to fight for a title and shall be definitive one because I will be world champion.”
Miguel Berchelt: “We are prepared for the experience, the punching power, and everything the Thai brings. My preparation, my talent and my Mexican warrior spirit will win!”
In the co-feature, WBA female champion Anabel “La Avispa” Ortiz (21-3, 4 KOs) faces Kareli López (9-6-3, 2 KOs) in a non-title bout.
Photos: All Star Boxing
Orlando Cruz 130 vs. Alex Valdez 129
Jobert Alvarez 113 vs. Miguel Cartagena 112
Luis Olivarez 137 vs. Efrain Cruz 137
Jovan Perez 139 vs. Jonathan Cruz 136
Anthony Arvelo 154 vs. Travis Taylor 152
Chasity Martin 129 vs. Ivana Coleman 126
Mehdi Hassan 220 vs. Carlos Zavallos 239
Tickets: Kissimmee Civic Center 407-935-1412
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E Dakin Avenue, Kissimmee, FL
TV: Telemundo Network 11:35 PM (US) MXTV 52 (Mexico)
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
Photo: All Star Boxing
Former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz (23-4-1, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico defends his WBO NABO super featherweight title tonight. against another former world title challenger in Alejandro Valdez (26-7-2, 20 KOs) of Mexico. The Boxeo Telemundo Ford-televised fight is scheduled for ten rounds and will take place at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Cruz was a member of the 2000 Puerto Rican Olympic team that also included Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon. He is currently rated #5 by the WBO. The card is being dedicated to victims of the nearby Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
What do you know about Valdez?
Honestly nothing. I really don’t like to study videos of my opponents because they could end up fighting me a totally different way. It’s much better that I am prepared to adapt to their style the night of the fight. (more…)
Photos: Ed Mulholland/K2 Promotions
Unified middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (35-0, 32 KOs) and IBF welterweight champion “The Special One” Kell Brook, (36-0, 25 KOs) held a New York City Press Conference on Thursday to formally announce their highly anticipated international showdown on September 10 at The O2 Arena in London, England
Gennady Golovkin: September 10 is the biggest day for me. Just a couple days ago, my promoter Tom Loeffler told me ‘Kell Brook wants to fight you.’ I said wow! This is big news for me because I know this guy is a very good fighter, very strong. He’s the best in his division. Right now I’m very excited. I understand the situation. Right now this is the biggest test for me and the biggest fight!
Kell Brook: To be a great fighter, you’ve got to do great things…this is gonna be a very, very hard fight. I’ve got to make sure that everything is spot on in training. We’ve got to do everything right. Anything short of that and I’m not gonna come up with the goods. So we;re going to put the hard work in the training. We’re gonna go through hell in this training camp, but that’s what you need to do to reach greatness.
By Robert Hough
Andre Ward may or may not surprise Alexander Brand in the ring on Aug. 6, but he managed to do so less than a month before the bout. Ward (29-0, 15 KOs), who faces the 39-year-old in Oakland, Calif., in an HBO-televised light-heavyweight fight, said Tuesday that Brand lacks nuance, “comes forward and swings for the fences,” which astonished the Colombian boxer.
“He said that? I never fight that way,” Brand said via an interpreter. “I’m a technical fighter, very uncomfortable to fight. I’m very complicated, not one-dimensional whatsoever.”
Brand (25-1, 19 KOs), who built a long, successful amateur career, said his style is his own, though he was motivated decades ago by elite fighters he watched on TV. (more…)
Ed Latimore 220 vs. Juan Goode 255
Josh Himes 194.5 vs. Dustin Echard 185
Matt Conway 138.5 vs. Chris Alexander 141
Mike Stull 182.5 vs. Lawrence Blakey 186.5
Eric Bledsoe 159 vs. Henry Mercer 159
Darmani Rock 248 vs. Hassan Lee 220
Venue: Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, PA
Promoter: Made Men Promotions
Friday July 15, 2016
Doors open at 6:00, and first bell is at 7:00. Tickets are priced $100, $65, and $30 and are available at www.mademenboxing.com or the door.
Photos: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Jayson Velez 130 vs. Rene Alvarado 129
Rashidi Ellis 156.6 vs. Luis Hernandez 152.6
Cesar Diaz 120.6 vs. Isau Duenez 125.2
Azat Hovhannisyan 122 vs. Mario Ayala 121
Marco Magdaleno 134 vs. Hugo Padilla 133.4
Jhon Leon 146.2 vs. Jose Huerta 144.4
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
Former five-division boxing world champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard will host a Meet & Greet prior to the televised fights. Fans with tickets can meet the former undisputed welterweight champion and former Olympic gold medalist at the Special Events Center from 6p. to 7p.
Photos: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
Sergey Lipinets 141 vs Walter Castillo 141.2
Tugstsogt Nyambayar 123.6 vs Rafael Vasquez 124
David Perez 119.2 vs Adan Ortiz 122.4
Justin Jones 235.4 vs Terrance Marbra 226.2
Julius Dyis 150.6 vs Oscar Valdez 153.6
Fernando Arellano 154.2 vs Raleigh Jeffries 156
Bobby Taylor 154.4 vs Harry Tyrone Paige 155.8
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi
Promoter: Warriors Boxing in association with Prize Fight
Story and photos by Bob Ryder
Detroit’s fabled Kronk Gym hosted a workout on Thursday afternoon for Andy Ruiz and several of the local fighters appearing on Saturday’s Detroit Brawl card at the Masonic Temple. In addition to main eventer Ruiz, Demetrius Banks, Dorrell Van Horn Jr, Gheith Karim, Jarico O’Quinn, Zach Shamoun, and Clarence Dubose all went through a light workout for the folks gathered.
Speaking to Fightnews, soft spoken Ruiz was quick to point out that he was not too concerned with opponent’s Josh Gormley’s pre fight KO prediction. “I’m not taking him lightly, one punch can change everything but I’m not a trash talker. I’ll do my talking in the ring with my fists” commented the current world ranked heavyweight contender Ruiz. He also responded to some of the criticism directed his way with regards to his level of opposition. “I’ve been off for 7 months and I’m just getting back in the game so I need to work my way back. I’m 27-0 and I will be hoping for a title shot in the near future after a few more fights.” Ruiz said he was honored to be at the Kronk and to fight in Detroit “where so many great champions fought.” He also hoped “to see my Mexican fans come out on Saturday as I will do my best to give them a good show.” (more…)
Former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4, 16 KOs) returns to the ring following a year-long hiatus at his old stomping grounds, Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, on July 23. The Connecticut favorite son takes on Iraqi war veteran Shawn Cameron (10-1 5 KOs) of the Bronx, NY in a 10 round jr. middleweight contest, the main event of a Star Boxing card presented by promoter Joe DeGuardia. Rodriguez last fought in June 2015, challenging Erislandy Lara for the WBA world jr. middleweight title that night, dropping a 12-round decision to the champion. Delvin is 5-1 during his career in the Uncasville ring. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Chris Arreola faced off at the final press conference for their FOX-televised world title fight on Saturday at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Deontay Wilder: I can’t wait because I’ve been wanting to pound something since May…does he deserve a title shot? No he doesn’t. He knows that. That’s no secret. But for this situation that we’re in with the short notice, is he the perfect guy? You’re right, he is.
Chris Arreola: I am a sleeping giant. People out there are underestimating me like a motherf*****. I believe Vegas has the odds 30:1 against me. Please place your bets and make some money. I’m ready for this fight. I’m more ready than I’ve ever been.
By Karl Freitag
WBC super lightweight world champion Viktor Postol was asked to explain why he believes Lucas Matthysse is a better fighter than WBO champion Terence Crawford, who he meets in a unification showdown on PPV July 23 in Las Vegas. “It’s my subjective opinion,” said Postol. “From what I’ve seen, and from the opposition that Matthysse has had before he fought me and the opposition that Crawford has had, I think Matthysse is a better, more experienced fighter.”
Postol, however, isn’t expecting an easier fight against Crawford than he had with the better Matthysse. “Every fight is different and Matthysse and Crawford are two different style fighters. I never expect any fight to be easy,” said Postol.
Fight Week for the junior welterweight world title unification fight between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol — will begin in Los Angeles TODAY with a free outdoor public workout for fans at El Pueblo Historical Monument Kiosko located on Los Angeles’ famous Olvera Street from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. PT, before resuming in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 19. Adding to the festivities will be nationally-syndicated radio star Piolín, who will host the entire event.
Undefeated #1 featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian Óscar Valdez, undefeated former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr, and his opponent Francisco “Chia” Santana will show their skills in the ring begining at 2:00 p.m. PT and will meet and greet fans afterward. Also attending will be WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Viktor Postol and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who will all be signing autographs and taking photos with the fans. (more…)
Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (63-9, 46 KOs) returns to the ring on August 13 at the Pensacola Bay Center in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. The 47-year-old Jones will take on 40-year-old “Rocking” Rodney Moore (17-11-2, 7 KOs). Jones is coming off a KO win over pro debuting Vyron Phillips in March. Phillips won a contest for the right to fight the future Hall of Famer. Moore is looking to end a nine-fight losing streak dating back 13 years.
It will be a homecoming for undefeated welterweight Stevie Weimer (11-0, 3 KOs). who headlines a night of professional and amateur boxing promoted by A&D Promotions at York College in York, Pennsylvania. Weimer who graduated in 2013 with a double degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology, will face nineteen fight veteran Jose Valderrama (5-14, 3 KOs) in the six round main event. This is the third fight in the comeback of Stevie Weimer after a four-year hiatus. “I was working and doing schooling along with my boxing. “Now I am solely focusing on my boxing. bigger and stronger now than I was four years ago. I am looking to go after my opponent in the opening two rounds. I want to knock him out,” said Weimer. “I am so proud to be able to fight at the college I graduated from. I want to put on a greats show for the fans. After that, I plan to have three more fights before the end of the year and I will be 15-0 by then and ready for really big fights.” (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova/Team SES
Jürgen Doberstein 167.5 vs. Robin Krasniqi 167.5
(WBA/WBO Intercontinental super middleweight titles)
Nikki Adler 165.1 vs. Elena Sikmashvili 167.5
(WBC female super middleweight title)
Mirko Martin 109.5 vs. Robert Kanalas 110.3
Josef Zahradnik 141 vs. Khaka Avetisiani 138.9
Marcel Hassler 147.7 vs. Jovica Jovanovic 151
Zhak Sauer TBA vs. Mihaly Voros 169.7
Venue: Saarlandhalle, Saarbrücken, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing/Doberstein Promotion
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford was joined by Top Rank’s Carl Moretti and co-manager and head trainer Bryan McIntyre in a roundtable with reporters. Here’s what he had to say in advance of his world title clash against WBC champion Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bout will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
What did you think about Viktor Postol’s performance against Lucas Matthysse and did it surprise you at all?
I feel as though Postol did what he needed to do to win. I think he did a lot of holding and using his elbows that the ref didn’t see. But all in all he did what he had to do to get the job done. I picked him to win in that fight anyway so it was a good victory. (more…)
Danger-Fire Promotions (Craig Cummings and Damon Reed) returns on August 13 to the Kansas Expo Centre in Topeka, Kansas, with what they’re calling their “best top to bottom fight card yet.” The main event pits undefeated local welterweight Jerry Thomas (11-0-1, 7 KOs) against Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (26-3, 10 KOs) of Boston, Massachusetts. O’Connor is a former National Golden Gloves Champion and Olympic Alternate as an amateur, last seen being spectacularly kayoed on national TV by Gabriel Bracero last October.
The co-main event is a rematch from a very close fight that took place in Topeka one year ago. Kansas cruiserweight champion Mario Munoz (10-3-1, 3 KOs) will battle Jim Franklin (10-18-2, 5 ) once again for the belt. Munoz won the first fight by split decision.
In other bouts, undefeated local heavyweight favorite “Big Kansas” Daniel Gallemore (4-0, 2 KOs) faces Matt “The Gator” Greer 16-16, 13 KOs), and heavyweight “Diamond” Dominique Alexander (26-17-1, 13 KOs) will make his return to the professional ring after a short retirement against Justin Willms (4-2, 4 KOs). There are 16 bouts scheduled.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Former world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) of Oxnard, California, will be making his return to the ring after a two year absence when he takes on Dominican former world champion Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on Showtime. We spoke to the 28-year-old Garcia about his comeback.
“I don’t believe there will be ring rust because I was never really outside of the ring,” said Mikey. “I’ve been in the gym the whole time, sparring and training. I would spar 10 or 12 rounds, just to do it. Not because I had a fight, but just to keep me active. I know it seems like a long time, but I don’t really see it. I feel like I was gone six months. (more…)
In the main event of the Boston Boxing Promotions August 6th fight card at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC), Cape Cod, heavyweight Jesse Barboza (11-2-1, 7 KOs) will take on the biggest name of his boxing career as he meets former world title challenger Darnell “The Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (25-21-3, 21 KOs).
Barboza returns to Cape Cod after headlining two shows right there in his backyard in 2015, scoring a pair of first round knockouts over Jesse Oltmanns and Francisco Mireles. He has indicated that this bout will be his last ever on Cape Cod. “I’m excited and thrilled to give my all for my hometown one last time before I hang them up,” said the 30-year-old Barboza.
The 41-year-old Wilson has lost 15 of his last 17, but the two wins came against former world champion Juan Carlos Gomez and previously unbeaten David “Nino” Rodriguez (36-0, 34 KOs at the time), so he’s not necessarily an easy out. “He’s in his physical prime and I want to use this to gauge some things about myself,” said Wilson. “Can I get myself back into contention to fight for major titles? If I can, I need to beat Barboza. I know he’s not afraid to test himself looking at who he has fought recently and I’m not afraid either. Let’s do this!”
Tickets are on sale now at www.CapeCodBoxing.com. A very limited number of ringside seats are available for $60 each, while general admission costs $40.
Photos: Eroll Popova/Team SES
Former world title challenger and WBO #5 rated super middleweight Robin Krasniqi (45-4, 17 KOs) and WBA #12/WBO #14 rated Jürgen “Doberman” Doberstein (20-2-1, 6 KOs) faced off Wednesday at the final press conference for Friday’s clash at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbruecken, Germany. Both the WBA super middleweight Intercontinental title and the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt will be on the line.
Jürgen Doberstein: “I left my belt at home today. Robin shouldn’t get accustomed to seeing it too much. Joking aside, the fact is I only want to box the best in my weight class to move ahead, Robin belongs to that group and I will win this fight!”
Robin Krasniqi: “Jürgen Doberstein is my job on Friday and we know how to beat him. I did my work in the United States and Canada and before sparring, in the Bavarian Forest with my strength coach Sepp Maurer. I’m already on weight and a “Doberman” can’t stop me on my way to a new world title shot.”
Promoter Ulf Steinforth: “For both main event fighters, there is very, very much at stake – the doors for a world title chance are wide open for the winner, the loser goes to the back of the line. The spectators here in Saarland can expect a great and exciting fight. By the way, only 300 tickets left. That shows how well this event resonates with the local fans!” (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
In the first part of our story about the Olympic qualification in Vargas, Venezuela, we told you how the group of The Magnificent Seven is controlling the way of scoring in the bouts. We showed you some examples of questionable officiating by the best R&J in the Olympic boxing. Now it’s time to take a look how the boxers from the home country managed to win four more Olympic quotas from only six participants.
Venezuela was selected as a host of the final qualification for Rio Games just a month before the start of the tournament. According to our sources the price for an event like that is around $500,000. For this fee, the host doesn’t receive full rights over TV broadcasting sales. During the six day event, with actually five fight days (one of which had only three bouts) there were many empty seats in the hall and admission was even advertised as free. There weren’t any major logo sponsors in the ring, so what is the payback for such a large outlay of money? (more…)
Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten KO artist, IBF#2 junior featherweight Jonathan Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) of Dominican Republic arrived in Japan on Monday to face IBF#1 ranked Japanese Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) in Osaka on July 20. The 26-year-old dynamite was accompanied by his trainer Hector Bermudez, who said, “Jonathan has been training strenuously in Boston and is in very good shape.” Guzman predicts a quick knockout victory over Wake, saying, “I’ll go and try to finish Wake from the start.” Guzman participated in a public workout on Wednesday before many local press people at Hiroki Ioka Gym, where he showed good switch-hitting to impress the journalists in Osaka. The sensational Wake-Guzman bout will take place in the semi-windup to the main event of Kazuto Ioka and Nicaraguan Keyvin Lara with the WBA flyweight belt at stake at Edion Arena Osaka on Wednesday next week. Will Guzman be a second Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez?
Photos: By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Former Japanese bantam titlist, currently IBF#8 junior feather Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs), 123.25, proved too sharp and strong for IBF#10 feather Patomsith Pathompothong (15-6, 5 KOs), 123.5, finishing him at 2:17 of the third round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Having been dispatched by Lee Haskins in quest of the vacant IBF interim 118-pound belt in UK, Iwasa moved up to the 122-pound category and thus scored three victories in a row. Iwasa floored the Thailander with a southpaw left in the second and deck him three more times in the fatal third. Patomsith previously came here only to lose a lopsided decision to elongated Hisashi Amagasa who had dropped Gillermo Rigondeaux here on New Year Eve in 2014, though eventually losing on a TKO after the eleventh session.
Photos: Jennifer Halger/DiBella Entertainment/PBC
WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and two-time heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola participated in a media workout Wednesday as they near their world title matchup taking place Saturday on FOX from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The fighters worked out at Round 1 Boxing in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
Deontay Wilder: “When it comes to Deontay Wilder, people look for the knockouts and I deliver. What separates me from other heavyweights is the fashion in which I knock guys out. I don’t just knock you out, I really put you out. Arreola definitely has a style prone to a knockout. He’s a pressure fighter who will come forward all night. That plays to my style. I love pressure fighters who give me a challenge. They keep me moving and thinking. I love the sweet science and the art to it.
Chris Arreola: “Deontay is a very tough opponent so I have to come hard this time. This is my third world title shot and I have to make it count. The first time I was too young, the second time I got caught with a shot, but this time I’ll be ready for anything. Fighting a guy like Wilder, I have to be ready for anything. But he has to be ready too. I’m no slouch. I have fire and he’s another person in my way. I’m here to get it.
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Viktor “The Iceman” Postol hosted a Los Angeles Media Workout at Wild Card Gym Wednesday afternoon in preparation for his highly anticipated unification bout against Omaha’s undefeated fighter Terence “Bud” Crawford to determine the lineal king at 140 pounds on HBO PPV July 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
By Robert Coster
This Saturday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Shuan Boxing Promotions headed by Belgica Pena will hold an attractive card in memory and honor of the late WBA President Gilbert Mendoza Sr. The card will pit Dominican and Venezuelan boxers against each other. The main event will mark the return to ring action of colorful WBA #4 jr Bantamweight contender Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez (23-8-4, 12 KOs) against Venezuelan national champion Renson Robles (6-1, 2 KOs). The other bouts on the card are the following: Alberto Puello (DR) vs Kelly Figueroa (Ven), jr welterweight; Daniel Ramirez (DR) vs Luis Nino (Ven), featherweight; William Encarnacion (DR) vs Jose Luis Graterol (Ven), jr featherweight; Yonmare Medina (DR) vs Denilson Herrera (Ven), lightweight.
Says Promoter Pena, “We wished to honor and celebrate the memory of Gilberto Mendoza Sr., whose life was devoted to the best interests of the sport of boxing and one who always helped Dominican boxing promoters and prizefighters.”
By Karl Freitag
Yesterday, WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol vowed to “destroy” WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford and proclaimed that his last opponent, Lucas Matthysse, “is a higher-level fighter than Crawford.”
Crawford’s response? “As a fighter you’re supposed to feel you’re going to destroy anybody you step in the ring with,” said Crawford. “But I don’t care what he says because come July 23 he’s gonna have to show me what he’s gonna do, he’s not going to be able to just tell me.”
As to Postol’s comment that Matthysse is a better fighter than him, Crawford stated, “Matthysse knew who to fight. He had the option to fight me or Viktor Postol and he felt Postol was the easier fight. That’s why he fought Postol, because he knew if he would have fought Terence Crawford what would have happened!”
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Crawford vs. Postol takes place Saturday, July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
WBC flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) will move up one weight class and challenge undefeated WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27 KO’s) on Saturday, September 10 from the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Presented by K2 Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions, further information on advance tickets sales will be announced shortly.
“I’ve very happy to challenge Carlos Cuadras for a world title in my fourth weight class. It’s an honor to return to fight at the Forum in front of the great Los Angeles fight fans,” said Gonzalez. “Thanks very much to God, K2 Promotions, Mr. Honda and HBO for making this happen.”
Said Cuadras, “I wish to thank HBO, K2 Promotions, Mr. Honda and everyone responsible for making this fight. I am excited to fight in the United States for the first time on HBO and at the legendary Forum in front of the great boxing fans in California. Roman Gonzalez is a great champion and I have a lot of respect for him. I will prepare myself to be in the best condition of my boxing career to defend my WBC belt.” (more…)
Mexican super featherweight Alejandro Valdez (26-7-2, 20 KOs) faces former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz (23-4-1, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The Boxeo Telemundo Ford main event is scheduled for 10 rounds with Cruz’ WBO NABO super featherweight title on the line. The card is being dedicated to victims of the nearby Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
You’ve had just one fight in the last five years. What was the reason for that?
I took a break for family-related reasons and also to finish my studies.
What did you study?
I studied public accounting and now I am working as an insurance agent. (more…)
Undefeated featherweight Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) will take on Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (25-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event on August 12 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Promoted by Kings Promotions, the live ESPN telecast will also include hot unbeaten welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Parella (14-0, 13 KOs) taking on former Olympian Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) and two New York fighters, welterweight Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (5-0, 4 KOs) from the Bronx, NY and super featherweight Abraham “Super” Nova (1-0, 1KO) from Albany, NY.
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (July 14) at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com). Ticket prices are $60 for ringside, with other seats available for $35 and $25.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Andrzej Wasilewski, co-promoter of WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Głowacki (26-0, 16 KOs), has no problem when his fighters want to fight best possible opponents, no matter the risk. Głowacki, who almost year ago won WBO title defeating Marco Huck in a strong fight of the year candidate, has already defended his title abroad versus former champ Steve Cunningham and now will next face highly regarded former amateur world champion and Olympic hero Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs).
Tough? You bet. And now Wasilewski wants to match former IBF/WBC cruiserweight titleholder and IBF #6 rated Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (51-3, 37 KOs) against reigning WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs), even if the fight is in Bellew’s backyard. “When my fighters want the best possible fight, I just say ‘why not?'” said Wasilewski. “Diablo is ready to fight Tony Bellew anywhere – even on his turf in the UK. The WBC champ owes his fans a great fight and Diablo vs. Bellew would deliver. I’d like to make this fight because you can bet that both English supporters and Polish boxing fans living in UK would fill up the arena or stadium – no matter the size. Włodarczyk, who held WBC title between 2010 and 2014 is ready. The only question is if the current champion wants this test!”
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