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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten OPBF 105-pound champ, 19-year-old prospect Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBO mini-flyweight belt lately vacated by ex-titlist Katsunari Takayama against Mexican Julian Yedras (24-1, 13 KOs) in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, on May 30. Should the youngster be victorious and successful, he will break the current Japanese record of quickest acquisition of a world championship now held by Naoya Inoue who seized the WBC 108-pound belt by demolishing Adrian Hernandez in his sixth bout last year.
Who is Kosei Tanaka? Tanaka, born on June 15, 1995, started to learn karate as a kindergarten student, and entered an amateur boxing gym with his brother when in the fifth grade of elementary school. Tanaka became national high school champ on four occasions and registered an amateur mark of 46-5, 18 stoppages. While he was still a high school student, he entered Hatanaka Gym (presided by ex-WBC super-bantam champ Kiyoshi Hatanka) to turn professional at the age of eighteen. (more…)
As previously reported by Fightnews.com, WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KOs) will be defending his title at the Forum in Inglewood, California on May 16, against former world champion Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs). Of course, the main event is WBA/WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) against Willie Monroe Jr (19-1, 6 KOs).
Here are some new quotes:
Chocolatito Gonzalez: “This is a great opportunity for me to make my HBO debut and in front of a great crowd at the Forum. I’d like to thank everyone for making this happen and promise to put on a spectacular show on May 16 against Edgar Sosa.”
Edgar Sosa: “I know this is a big fight for Gonzalez but I will be well prepared on May 16 for victory and to shine in front of the huge crowd at the Forum and those watching on HBO.”
A formal press conference with both fighters will be held next week in Los Angeles.
“We have the date of June 6 and we are now evaluating and seeing which is the best opponent for that date,” WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto told the ESPN Deportes show “A Los Golpes.” He plans to meet with trainer Freddie Roach while in Los Angeles and they will make the final decision.
Possible opponents mentioned in the Puerto Rican media include Jorge Sebastian Heiland and Sergio Mora. IBF 154b champ Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage is also not ruled out, although he looks headed toward a fight with Timothy Bradley.
June 6 will be the first fight of Cotto’s $50 million three-fight deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. A fight with Canelo Alvarez could be the second fight of that deal for Cotto.
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime
Once-beaten world ranked super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday at the Main Event Sports Club in Glendale, Calif., six days prior to their respective upcoming fights on Saturday at the The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas live on Showtime. Martirosyan will take on undefeated rising star Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (25-0, 11 KOs).
“I feel like this fight is more of a test for him [Charlo],” said Martirosyan, “and I have to make sure he fails the test…Jermell is a good boxer, but he’s a basic boxer. He’s done well with guys that he’s supposed to look good against. There are some guys that he should’ve knocked out that he didn’t. If he hits me, I will hit him right back and we’ll see how he handles that. (more…)
Both Anthony Mundine and Austin Trout have both issued updates via social media on their proposed showdown slated for May 9 in San Antonio.
Anthony Mundine: Yes we agreed to terms but I ain’t got the contract yet! Trout may have cause that’s why he announced prematurely! But inshallah its a go cause ima ice this cat
Austin Trout: As most of you know, a fight between @Anthony_Mundine and I is almost done but neither sides have signed a contract. My coach jumped the gun. I have to apologize on behalf of #TeamTrout for the unscheduled premature announcement, it wasn’t supposed to be like this.
WBO #9 super flyweight contender Daniel “Alacrán” Lozano (13-1, 10 KOs) of Bowling Green, Florida plays host to WBO #11 and fellow Mexican David “Severo” Carmona (18-2-4, 8 KOs) of Mexico City this Friday at the Turner Agri Civic Center in Arcadia, Florida. The “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” main event is scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latino title on the line. Lozano dazzled the Telemundo viewing audience with his explosive punching power in 2014. Lozano won the Telemundo 115 pound tournament delivering two spectacular knockouts in the process and was rewarded for his efforts in a big way. He will be fighting just about 20 minutes from his hometown for the first time as a pro and the fight will be a world title eliminator. (more…)
Like many heroes of Philadelphia boxing, former light heavyweight champion Matthew Saad Muhammad currently lies in an unmarked grave. He was perhaps the most exciting fighter ever to come out this great fight town, and the web site PhillyBoxingHistory.com is on a mission to honor the boxing idol, who passed away on May 25, 2014. “There will never be another fighter like Saad Muhammad,” said John DiSanto, founder and editor of PhillyBoxingHistory.com. “His fights were so amazing. As far as excitement, he was on a completely different level than anyone else I’ve ever seen – in Philly or outside of Philly.”
In recent years, PhillyBoxingHistory.com has raised funds to purchase and place gravestones for four other Philly boxing icons, Tyrone Everett, Gypsy Joe Harris, Garnet “Sugar” Hart and Eddie Cool. The gravestone for Saad Muhammad is the site’s fifth such effort. (more…)
MGM Resorts International announced the challenger Curtis Stevens (-200) as the favorite over BKB champion Gabriel Rosado (+160), whose middleweight title serves as the main event at BKB 2 to be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and available on PPV on April 4. Adding to the evening’s drama, BKB has announced a $30,000 knockout bonus for the title fight.
As the underdog in his previous fight, Rosado claimed the title at BKB’s inaugural event last August, knocking out Bryan Vera. “Playing the role of underdog is something I’ve done my entire career, so I’m used to it and thrive on the challenge,” said Rosado. “I’m not afraid of anyone and when I enter The Pit on April 4, I’ll be ready to implement my training and experience in this format to knock Stevens out.”
“The $30,000 bonus is just more incentive for me to knock out Rosado on April 4th and become BKB middleweight champion,” said Stevens. “Make sure you have the check written out to Curtis “Showtime” Stevens.”
Ronda Rousey made quick work of Cat Zingano at UFC 184 and she didn’t have to wait long for her next title defense. The UFC female bantamweight champion appeared at Rio de Janeiro’s Ginasio do Maracanãzinho on Friday to confirm she’ll face unbeaten Brazilian Bethe Correia on Aug. 1 in the main event of UFC 190 at Rio’s HSBC Arena . . . click here for more
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 light middleweight Gunnar Jackson (21-5-3, 8 KOs) edged Nathan Carroll (10-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds in Northcote, New Zealand on Saturday. The action see-sawed in all the rounds but at the conclusion the referee Lance Revillle crowned Jackson the winner by scores 97-95, 96-95, 96-96.
In 2014 Jackson lost a ten round decision to former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony ‘The Man” Mundine in Australia. Carroll is a former Australian light middleweight champion who had only lost once previously to IBF #11 Dennis Hogan.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #12 lightweight Josh King (19-3, 9 KOs) stopped Phompetch Twins Gym (6-1, 3 KOs) in round five of scheduled ten round main event in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday. Referee Surat Soichrachang saved the Thai from further punishment and crowned the 29-year-old Australian at 1:03.
By Robert Coster
Daniel Ramirez of the Dominican Republic is getting ready to leave for Peru tomorrow to face local favorite Carlos Zembrano for the vacant WBA interim featherweight title. On paper, the fight looks very even between both boxers who are relatively unknown outside their country. Ramirez (24-0, 20 KOs) is younger (21), brawnier and looks to pack a harder wallop than Zembrano (24-0, 11 KOs), 9 years-older and more of a counter-puncher and mover. The young Dominican boxer appears very confident as to the outcome of the fight. “I am winning that title on Saturday — I will be a champion. I don’t want to take any chance with the judges so I’m taking him down. Expect a knockout.” Ramirez, nicknamed “Mad Dog” has sparred 96 rounds for his upcoming bout and declares himself to be “in the best shape of my life.”
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Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime
Current WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday at the Main Event Sports Club in Glendale, Calif., six days prior to facing once-beaten former world title challenger Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday at the The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas live on Showtime.
“I am going to attack him with my power and speed,” said Gonzalez. “Once he feels my power in the ring, he’s not going to be able to think in there. He’s going to run, but if he decides to brawl with us, then we will have something for him…I am absolutely looking for the knockout and I believe I will get it. I don’t expect this fight to go the distance. I am going to pressure him from the opening bell, my conditioning and confidence is at an all-time high. I am very anxious for this title fight, I want to fight right now.” (more…)
World ranked Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, from Puerto Rico, will now officially face Mexican Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero in another Puerto Rico vs Mexico duel in “The War”, headlined by WBO jr lightweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido facing former two-time world champion at 130 pounds, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, on April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
According to promoter Peter Rivera, Sharif Bogere refused to come to fight in Puerto Rico. “Finally, Bogere didn’t want to travel to fight in Puerto Rico, so we were talking and got an agreement with the people of Marvin Quintero, who had been mentioned recently as the new rival for Chelo. We got a good Mexican fighter in Quintero to face Gonzalez, so now we have three great battles between Puerto Rico and Mexico for April 11.”
The card presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Zanfer Promotions, which will air on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada on all systems Cable TV and Satellite. (more…)
Omega Products International will host an ESPN2 telecast on April 3 at their Corona, California, headquarters. The 10-round main event features lightweight Petr Petrov (35-4, 17 KOs) against former world champion Gamaliel Diaz (38-11, 17 KOs). The 8-round co-feature showcases former Ukrainian Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (11-0, 8 KOs) versus Juan Rodriguez, Jr. (12-1, 5 KOs).
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos
In what is now a tradition, San Diego’s Bobby D. Presents brought “boxing at its best” once again to “America’s Finest City” with a five-bout fight card that got better as last Friday night got older. A slight upset went down in the main event when the high pressure of Rodney Hernandez (7-2-1, 5KO) of Modesto, CA, was too much for Los Angeles, Scott “The One” Alexander (9-1-1, 5KO) who was handed his first professional loss via a wide unanimous decision in the heavyweight six rounder.
Alexander’s agility and quickness became apparent in the early going as he was able to set up Hernandez for two and three punch combos in the first couple of rounds of the fight. Hernandez didn’t seem worried though as he knew that it was only a matter of time that Alexander’s inactivity, the fight was his first in exactly one year, was going to start affecting his conditioning. Hernandez didn’t leave anything to chance and by the third he was stalking Alexander around the ring and when it close proximity ripping hard power shots to the body. (more…)
On Saturday night, April 18, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, King’s Promotions will present a night of boxing headlined by an eight round super middleweight bout between Phillip Jackson Benson and Darnell Boone. Benson (15-1, 14 KOs) has won twelve straight fights with eleven of those coming via the stoppage route. Boone (20-21-4, 9 KOs) may have most deceiving record in boxing. He has wins over the likes of current WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and upcoming GGG challenger Willie Monroe Jr., lost a split decision to Sergey Kovalev, knocked down Andre Ward in a decision loss, and has been in with many big names.
In the ten-round co-feature, undefeated welterweight Jamal James (15-0, 8 KOs) will see action against an opponent to be named.
By Ron Jackson
Rey Loreto has ended Nkosinathi Joyi ‘s hopes of regaining the IBO light-flyweight title. The Filipino stopped Joyi in the first round in at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Sunday. The bout, which never developed into a fight, was over after 1 minute 46 seconds when referee Tony Nyangiwe stepped in to save the South African from serious harm. (more…)
Story & file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
With about one month to go before his April 25th world heavyweight title shot against Wladimir Klitschko, Bryant Jennings, 19-0, 10 KOs, is cloistered away at training camp getting ready for the biggest fight of his life. For Jennings, training is second nature, and is without question one of the hardest workers in the game. However as he recently told me, training too hard may have hurt him in his last start, the fight that earned him a shot at the WBC belt.
Of course Jennings went in a different direction and finds himself on the brink of fighting the man considered to be the true heavyweight champ and the holder of the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO titles. If Jennings can pull off the upset on April 25th, he’ll join Joe Frazier and Tim Witherspoon (and some say Sonny Liston) as the most celebrated big men in Philly’s storied boxing history.
It’s a tall order, but Jennings sounded confident, ready and raring to go when I spoke to him recently by telephone. (more…)
Heavyweight contender Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne is planning on becoming a history maker and he wants to do it on home soil. Australia has never had a world champion at heavyweight, but Browne will get the opportunity to change that when he meets WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev. Browne was made the well-respected Uzbek’s mandatory challenger last month and negotiations are currently underway, with the Sydney-native crossing his fingers for a fight Down Under.
“It’s a really exciting stage of my career. I’m ready to become Australia’s first ever heavyweight champion,” Lucas, 35, said. “Even though there’s no date set, I’ve begun training already and I’m really going the extra mile to make sure the WBA belt is mine. I’m happy to fight Chagaev anywhere but if it’s in Australia I know it’ll be huge. The public would love to see me knock him out to win the belt and I plan on doing exactly that. (more…)
Unbeaten WBO #8 heavyweight Joseph Parker has announced via social media that his next fight will take place at Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North, New Zealand on June 13. Parker is preparing for a three-week sparring camp with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Florida. According to stuff.co.nz, Parker’s handlers, Duco Events, have been in discussions with world rated Eric Molina.
Cruiserweight contender Mateusz Masternak (34-2, 24 KOs) will return against TBA on April 25 at the Columbiahalle in Berlin, Germany.
Also scheduled for the Team Sauerland card are local prospects including super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (16-0, 10 KOs), light heavyweight Enrico Kölling (16-1, 6 KOs) and heavyweight Burak Sahin (6-0, 6 KOs). All will face opponents to be named.
Now in its final two months of existence, ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” will take place on Thursday night this week with a ten-rounder between undefeated IBF #11 ranked welterweight Fredrick “General Okunka” Lawson (23-0, 20 KOs) and Breidis “El Khanqueror” Prescott (27-6, 20 KOs). The card will take place at the Hialeah Park Casino in Miami, Florida.
WBO #11 David “Severo” Carmona (18-2-4, 8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico will face WBO #9 ranked Daniel “Alacrán” Lozano (13-1, 10 KOs) of Bowling Green, Florida, in Friday’s “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” main event scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latino super flyweight title on the line at the Turner Agri Civic Center in Arcadia, Florida.
Carmona gave a courageous effort in his challenge of then world champion Omar Narvaez in December 2013. Though he would be unsuccessful, he bounced back in 2014 with two quality wins. This will be his first fight of 2015 and his U.S. debut. He has a very tough task ahead of him fighting Lozano in his backyard. Spicing things up, the bout will be a WBO world title eliminator. Carmona knows a victory will put him right back in position to again challenge for a world title. (more…)
Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow paid Manny Pacquiao’s training camp visit on Saturday. Tebow watched Pacquiao work out for nearly three hours in a gym session that including seven rounds of sparring and eight rounds of mitt work at Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) is in deep training for his highly-anticipated May 2 welterweight world title unification battle against undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“It was the first time they had ever met and yet it seemed they had known each other forever the way they immediately embraced each other,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In it’s first appearance in more than two months, Showtime Championship Boxing returns this Saturday with a double dip.
First the network will present the Sky Sports telecast of the IBF welterweight title fight between defending champion and hometown favorite Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) and #1 challenger Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) at 6:15PM ET/3:15PM PT from the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England.
Then Showtime delivers more boxing later the same night. At 10PM ET/7PM PT, the network presents a clash between WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) and challenger Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) plus a jr middleweight ten-rounder between undefeated Jermell Charlo (25-0, 11 KOs) and 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs). Both bouts air live from The Pearl at Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas.
Previously this year, the only Showtime Championship Boxing telecast was Stiverne vs. Wilder on January 17. There have also been three ShoBox telecasts featuring up and coming prospects.
The UFC® today announced the appointment of Giovani Luis Decker as its Senior Vice President and General Manager of Brazil, effective early April 2015 . . . click here for more
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By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
From the Tepatitlan Music Hall deep into the border city of Tijuana, Mexico, Round 13 Promotions in association with Gonzalez Boxing Promotions presented a club-level fight card featured twelve scheduled bouts. With music blaring from the discotheque next door under the same roof, a small but packed house witnessed the showcasing of the first timers and mostly new fighters that participated on the card. In the flyweight main event, Julio “Niño” Castillo (5-1-1, 2KO) had all he could handle with veteran Felix “Chapito” Rubio (3-10-1, 3KO), both of Tijuana, but was finally able to force him to quit in the sixth and final round. (more…)
Anthony Molock’s stage play “Gypsy Joe Harris,” follows the life of Joe Harris, a man who rose to the pinnacle of the boxing world and just as quickly fell to the depths of despair and hopelessness. The biographical story follows the ups-and-downs of the legendary boxer’s career and personal life. This one night debut takes place on Saturday April 11, at 8:00 p.m., at the Ethical Society Center of Philadelphia. (more…)
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