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Bobby Hitz announced that Hitz Boxing will close out 2014 with its annual Thanksgiving week “Fight Night at the Horseshoe Hammond” on Saturday, November 29 at 7:00 PM. The card will feature Chicago super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (15-0, 10 KOs) who looks to maintain his perfect record as he takes on Ghanian Sena Agbeko (15-1, 15 KOs) in the eight round main event. Lightweight knock out specialist Frank “Time Bomb” Scalise (9-1, 9 KOs) and the hard working welterweight Genaro Mendez (8-2-1, 5 KOs) both of Chicago, fighting in separate bouts, are the co-main events.
“This has been a fantastic year for Hitz Boxing and we are closing out our 2014 campaign with this stacked card,” said Hitz. “Our guys have worked hard this year and the Hitz Boxing stable is stronger than ever. We look forward to hitting the ground running in 2015.” (more…)
By Chris Morris
Boxer Emanuel Augustus has reportedly been shot in the back of the head on the streets of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is on life support at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center according to the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper. Click here for the report
The Baton Rouge Police Department Office of Media Relations has issued the following bulletin:
Banner Promotions has announced some upcoming fight dates:
On Friday, November 28 in Moscow, Russia, former WBO jr. welterweight champion “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov will have a homecoming when he fights in his home country for the first time since 2011. His opponent, rumored to be Jose Luis Castillo, will be announced shortly.
On Saturday, December 13, WBO jr. middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade has been penciled in to defend his title against TBA on Showtime.
On Friday, January 16, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, the Boxcino 2014 champions, middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. and lightweight Petr Petrov, are in discussions for their next bouts that will take place at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino.
Coming in February, Boxcino 2015 will return on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights with the welterweight and heavyweight divisions. “Since we announced the Boxcino weight classes, we have received calls from around the world from a lot of interesting fighters hoping to participate in the tournament. We expect that this year’s tournaments will be action-packed and that the fans will enjoy the tournament as much as last year,” said Banner Promotions CEO Artie Pelullo.
Another Civil War will headline the third show of the fall series of Boxeo Telemundo Ford this Friday at the popular Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. In the main event, WBO Latin welterweight champion Edgar “El Nene” Ortega (15-1, 10 KO’s) of Torreon Coahuila, Mexico will face the toughest test of his career when he faces veteran challenger Pablo “El Sepulturero” Munguia (19-5, 11 KOs) of Mexico City in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with Ortega’s title at stake.
Also popular jr. welterweight Luis “Cotto” Vidales of Mexico City returns to the series facing compatriot Jose Gonzalez, scheduled for 8 rounds.
First bell at 8:00 PM, 6 mores fights round off the card. Telemundo Network will televise the main event live at 11:35 PM. Tickets are already on sale at Salon Jose Cuervo (Lago Andromaco #17, esq. Moliere, Ampliacion Granada, Mexico DF, Tel: 53259000 or at ticketmaster.com.mx. Tuto Zabala’s Jr, All Star Boxing Inc, is presenting the show in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
On Saturday night, unbeaten middleweight Micheal Zerafa leaves Melbourne with promoter Peter Maniatis and trainer Joe Nader for Moscow, Russia. Zerafa (15-0, 7 KOs) goes into battle for a WBO World Youth title against WBA #15 ranked Arif Magomedov (12-0, 8 KOs) on the Alexander Povetkin vs. Carlos Takam undercard on Friday October 24th in Moscow.
“Michael’s prep has been spot on for this fight,” said Maniatis. “He has sparred Sam Soliman early in the lead up and finished his prep by sparring Zac Dunn and Jake Carr. He has done the work and is ready for the challenge that has been put in front of him. We have a 22 hour flight from Melbourne to Moscow ahead of us and face -1 freezing weather as we arrive into Moscow and Zerafa has six days to settle into the Moscow conditions before his fight. This will be the biggest challange he has faced so far, but we expect Michael to lift the belt as the team believes he belongs at this level.”
Photo: Final Forum
Natu “The Truth” Visinia steps into the ring Saturday in Philadelphia, PA, to face veteran Steve “USS” Cunningham, it will be with a heavy heart. Visinia buried his long-time trainer, Charles “Buddy” Bereal, on October 10 after Bereal passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Visinia, 30, is from, Clinton, Illinois, a small town with a population of 7,500. He travelled to California to train with Bereal for the last five years. When Bereal passed away unexpectedly, Jermaine Lefeiloai, Buddy’s long-time assistant trainer, stepped in to finish out Natu’s training camp.
Natu said Buddy was excited for the match-up with Cunningham. “He was more excited than I was about this fight,” Visinia said. “This is what he always wanted for me. This fight will be dedicated to Buddy. Jermaine has been with us from the beginning. He knows Buddy’s style. He knows my style. We fit in well. It is not like I am starting fresh with someone I’m not comfortable with. I am definitely comfortable with him.” (more…)
World rated super featherweight Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, will be fighting Saturday to earn another shot at a world title. He will also be fighting to raise awareness for a special needs group that works with autistic children, Jordan’s Corner. Jordan’s Corner was inspired by Jordan Falcon, a special needs child from Highland Park, IL. Jordan’s older brother, Dan, started the boxing and fitness program to help Jordan and other special needs children improve their confidence and communication ability.
Cherry met Jordan 2 years ago in Chicago while training for a fight. He and Jordan soon became friends. Cherry also helped with the Saturday afternoon classes and quickly bonded with the children. “He’s a great kid and Jordan’s Corner is an important program that brings a lot of joy to families.”
No stranger to special needs children, Cherry has a daughter with cerebral palsy and he knows, first-hand, the challenges that both children and parents face. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos by Kim Johnson
The Main Event was the Fight of the Night at Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome VIII, where Rob “Power Drill” Powdrill (3-1) claimed the WA State Cruiserweight title with a close unanimous points decision over “Diamond” Ben Page (2-1) on Saturday night at Metro City, Perth, Australia, a venue that is one of the best in the world to view boxing. (more…)
Stuart Hall bids to become a two-time world champ on October 25. Hall contentiously lost his IBF world title in June with a split-decision reverse to Paul Butler. However with Butler since relinquishing the strap, Hall gets a golden chance to make history when he faces big-hitting American Randy Caballero for his vacant old belt in Monte Carlo. Here we catch up with ‘Stuey’ before his overseas mission:
How do you feel that the fight is in Monte Carlo?
I’ve got a few fans going over, so it’s going to be loud. It’ll be like a home show anyway. I’m alright about it and it’ll be nice to fight in Monte Carlo.
Does the fact it’s in Monte Carlo even out the playing field between you and Caballero?
I think so. Any logical person would think so, wouldn’t they? When I spoke to Dennis he said it was home advantage, but it’s not because we’ve got to get on a plane, haven’t we! In my head I’m going away for this title. I’ve got to go and get it like I did against Vusi Malinga. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Unbeaten WBO #14 heavyweight Joseph Parker (10-0, 9 KOs) of New Zealand will clash with American Sherman “Tank” Williams (36-13-2, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday with the PABA and WBO Oriental titles up for grabs. These two were scheduled to fight on the Klitschko-Leapai undercard in Germany back in April but Williams, who was one of Klitschko’s ten sparring partners, was kicked out of the Ukrainian champion’s camp and refused to take the fight. Klitschko claimed the 42-year-old showed up to training overweight while Williams accused Klitschko of being a ‘whiner’ and a ‘softie’. As the Florida-based Williams nursed his wounded pride, Parker romped to a seventh round TKO win over Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento in a hastily arranged bout. Parker’s win was so impressive that Klitschko’s camp invited the Kiwi to spar with the undefeated heavyweight champ in preparation for an upcoming fight.
Parker, who stopped tough American Brian Minto in July and Keith Thompson in August, is a solid betting favorite at -1200. Williams backers can get +650.
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Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks has reportedly undergone two abdominal surgeries and remains in a Las Vegas hospital after complications. Spinks’ wife told AP that it’s going to be a long road ahead for the ex-champion, but he’s starting to recover.
Please pray for my friend Leon Spinks…facing the greatest fight of his life. He's a gentle and beautiful person.
— Tony Orlando (@TonyOrlando) October 13, 2014
Carl Froch says a fight with James DeGale is not “worth getting out of bed for.” More
Daniel Geale and Jarrod Fletcher get ready for an all-Aussie clash. More
David Price to Anthony Joshua: “I will take your head off your shoulders.” More
Azumah Nelson launches biography. More
Here are more details on the scheduled junior middleweight fight between Ahmad Cheikho (16-5-2, 11 KOs) and Travis Hartman (12-20-1, 9 KOs) that fell through last Saturday in Wichita, Kansas. The contract was originally signed for 149 lbs. However last Monday, October 6th, an agreement between Cheikho and Hartman was accepted for the contracted weight to be 154lbs. At the weigh in, Cheikho was 154lbs even and Hartman weighed in at 150lbs, so Cheikho did make the amended weight. Then the morning of the weigh-in, Cheikho was shadow boxing and pulled a back muscle. His promoter Cynthia Tolaymat of CFC Promotions said she immediately notified the card’s promoter Jeff Page of this. Cheikho went through with the weigh-in and Tolaymat followed up with a doctor’s note stating that Cheikho was restricted from boxing or exercise and was given medication, as well. When Cheikho attended a pre-fight physical on the day of the fight, the commission doctor examined Cheikho and determined that he was NOT allowed to participate in the fight. Hartman agreed to a reschedule of the fight as soon as the doctor gives clearance to Cheikho. Even though not required, Tolaymat paid Hartman more than half of his contracted purse and signed an agreement that he will receive the balance of the purse plus $500 extra for his inconvenience.
“With Livvy and Kennedy in Pittsburgh, I miss them dearly,” he said, “but I get paid to do a job and it needs to get done.”
This will be Steve’s second fight in a row in his Philadelphia hometown after spending 11 years (19 bouts) fighting elsewhere. This has made his training easier while he is separated from Kennedy and Livvy. Although Cunningham is not accustomed to fighting in front of his hometown crowd, he has been touched by the outpouring of support for his family from the Philly fans. (more…)
Additional bleacher seats will go on sale tomorrow at Noon PT for “Mexican Style”, the highly anticipated world championship boxing event set for this Saturday, October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Priced at $53 plus applicable service charges, the Bleacher Seating tickets will be available online at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at the StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).
“Gennady wanted to do as much as possible to satisfy the tremendous demand for tickets for his West Coast debut and therefore we’ve added an additional 284 bleacher seats on the StubHub Center Concourse,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions. “Unfortunately, these will be the last tickets we will be able to make available for Saturday night.”
USA Olympian Jose Ramirez (11-0, 8 KOs), of Avenal, California, will face David Rodelo (17-9-4), of Oxnard, California, in an eight round jr. welterweight clash on Saturday, October 25th at Selland Arena in Fresno, California. Dubbed “Fight for Water 3,” the event is designed to raise awareness on the Central Valley’s water woes.
Also scheduled on the card are popular unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz (22-0, 16 KOs) of Mexicali against Kenny Lemos (12-8-2, 8 KOs) from Denver in a bout scheduled for eight or ten rounds, and unbeaten Las Vegas super bantamweight star Jessie Magdaleno (19-0, 15 KOs) facing Erick Ruiz (13-1, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, California in an eight round showdown. UniMas will televise on their “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series.
Osumanu Akaba, of Ghana, who had a nine-fight knockout streak snapped in his most recent fight, steps in against Edner Cherry in a 10-round junior lightweight contest on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Akaba replaces Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, who injured his right wrist in training last Thursday. The Cherry-Akaba bout and the Steve Cunningham-Natu Visinia heavyweight 10-rounder will be televised live by NBCSN on its popular Fight Night series beginning at 9 pm (ET). (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: K2 Promotions
“The proof how good Gennady is isn’t on his record, the list of people he beat, knocked down. The proof is in the names of the fighters who don’t want to go in the ring with him. The proof is Felix Sturm, who refused to fight him. The proof is Sergio Martinez, who would never make a fight with him. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is another good example. Instead of looking at the fighters on his record, look at the fighters are not there – who turned down the opportunity to fight Gennady,” said Tom Loeffler, when Fightnews.com spoke with the K2 Promotions managing director before WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) defends on Saturday against Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6, 51 KOs) at StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The co-feature bout is a featherweight showdown between 2012 Fighter of the Year and four-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire,(33-2, 21 KO) and undefeated world champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters,(24-0, 20KO) who will battle it out to determine the undisputed World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion. Donaire vs. Walters is presented by Top Rank. Both world title bouts will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
For the first time since 2010, the Octagon® makes its way back to the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, as former UFC® lightweight champ and current No. 3 featherweight contender Frankie “The Answer” Edgar takes on second-ranked Cub Swanson in a five-round main event that could propel the winner into a title shot. (more…)
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