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Report/Photo by Hector Villarreal
After the the confirmation of his next bout against WBA featherweight super champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs), as co-feature of Golovkin vs Rubio on October 18 in Carson, California, Jamaican Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) showed optimism about his chances of winning the most important fight of his career.
“Including Golovkin and Rubio, Nonito is the most famous fighter on the card and he represents my opportunity to be recognized as one of the top names on the game, not only on featherweights but pound for pound” said the Panama-based Walters at the annual dinner of the Panamanian Boxing Commission.
The regular WBA featherweight titlist expressed his thanks to the Commission for the special invitation to the dinner, also attended by former champions Ismael Laguna, Roberto Duran, Eusebio Pedroza, Hilario Zapata, Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero and the new WBC Silver straweight titlist Carlos “Arañita” Ortega.
“I’m very happy about the announcement and I want to thank my manager Jacques Deschamps, my promoter Bob Arum and my entire team for getting this great opportunity for me. I still have seven weeks to complete my preparation and I’ll be ready to beat Nonito” added Walters.
FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will return to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on October 9, as the latest edition of Golden Boy Live! features unbeaten local favorites Ronny Rios and Antonio “Relentless” Orozco in separate bouts in their toughest matchups to date.
In the 10-round junior lightweight main event, Santa Ana’s Ronny Rios puts his perfect 23-0 record on the line against former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos. Plus, undefeated welterweight Antonio Orozco of San Diego meets meet former World Champion Steve “2Pound” Forbes in the 10-round co-main event.
Also in action will be unbeaten phenom Diego De La Hoya who will make his fourth appearance in Indio in a six round opening televised fight against an opponent to be announced. Cousin Oscar, the Hall of Famer and head of Golden Boy Promotions, will also be on hand.
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Superstar Manny Pacquiao speaks with San Francisco Chronicle newspaper executive editorial staff during an interview, Thursday on ‘Day Four’ of his worldwide tour with New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri. Sitting with Pacquiao is Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.
Pacquiao and Algieri, along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., are on a 27, 273-Mile Media Tour, that began on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao. The 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Boxing returns to the Del Mar Racetrack just north of San Diego, CA, when local promoter Jorge Marron Productions hooks up with Paco Presents and A&T Promotions this Saturday night to present a full night of professional boxing. The fight card will be part of the horse races at Del Mar with every person who buys a ticket to the fights has the right to get there early and check out the races. In the main event, undefeated super bantamweight Ruben Garcia (10-0-1, 5 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico, takes on Tijuana tough guy Javier Gallo (21-9-1, 8K Os) in a scheduled eight rounder.
Gallo undoubtedly will be Garcia’s toughest test as he fights in the United States for the first time. Garcia is coming off a big win over Isao Gonzalo Carranza for the vacant WBC CABOFE 122 lbs. title. Gallo has faced the stiffer opposition in former champion Vic Darchynian and title challengers Rodel Mayol and Felipe Orucuta among others.
Also scheduled on the card will be super middleweight Manuel Ceballos (2-0, 2KO) vs Jerome Buchanan (0-1), first timer Reymundo Benavides against Rick Quevedo (0-1) in the lightweight division and Tijuana’s Ali Gonzalez (5-2, 1KO) against Raymond Chacon 5-8 in a featherweight four rounder.
One or two more fights round out the card.
Tickets are now on sale for “Mexican Style” headlined by the World Middleweight Championship between WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBC Interim Middleweight Champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio set for Saturday, October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The co-feature is a WBA featherweight title clash between Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters.
Advance tickets priced at $210, $105, $53 and $27, plus applicable service charges 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).
It took just eight hours to sell-out the highly anticipated UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM event scheduled for November 15 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City Arena). Fans made history at the box office, as well as online, to sell out Mexico’s first ever live UFC® event. UFC 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM is the fastest sell-out in the history of the Arena Ciudad de Mexico and it will also set a new attendance record with over 20,000 fans attending the monumental event. (more…)
Report/Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen
Unbeaten lightweight Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs), who will challenge WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) on September 20 in Helsinki, is looking very sharp in training camp. For the second time this week he sparred twelve rounds. Sparring partners are Juho Tolppola (23-6-1, 9 KOs) from Finland and Chris Goodwin (19-2-1) from England.
With training camp in full swing, Tatli is working hard, very focused and looking ready to challenge Abril in less than four weeks.
Bethe Correia is a woman on a mission. In fact, one could attach any number of descriptors to her (lioness, warrior, pitbull) and they all would support the notion that the undefeated Brazilian powerhouse has come to the UFC with something to prove. While some fighters are fine taking time to ease their ways into the situation, Correia isn’t pulling punches . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Multiple world champion Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce used his Twitter account to report that he signed the contract for the fight against Jhonny Gonzalez, the WBC current featherweight champion on October 4 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. “Ready at last to sign the contract to fight Jhonny Gonzalez, no turning back on Televisa.” There was talk of both Televisa and TV Azteca broadcasting the fight but based on what Arce wrote, it seems that the event will only be transmitted by Televisa.
Former world amateur champion and two-time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (5-0-0, 5 KOs), who moved to Montreal more than a year ago when he first turned professional, will face former International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-2-0, 19 KOs), Saturday night, September 27 at Bell Centre in Montreal.
In the co-feature, former world title challenger Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean (26-1-0, 18 KOs) will defend his NABF lightweight title against Mexican invader Daniel “Cañerito” Ruiz (32-7- 2, 22 KOs). (more…)
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Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) and his team are preparing to close training camp on Monday and head to Cincinnati for his 2014 debut. The 30-year-old will take on Steve Upsher Chambers (24-3-1, 6 KOs) in welterweight action in his first bout since suffering a significant shoulder injury in his last outing on July 27, 2013.
Berto will return to the ring on the eve of his 31st birthday and the 2004 Haitian Olympian plans to show boxing fans what they’ve been missing in his absence.
“The shoulder is feeling good and we’ve had a tremendous camp. I was able to get out here really early for this fight and train with all the great champions in our gym. I’m just excited to get back under the lights and perform on September 6,” Berto said. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti at the scale
Photos by Damo Nguyen
Nathaniel May 129.9 vs Jamed Mokoginta 129.2
WBO Asia Pacific Youth Super Featherweight Title
Riccardo Monteleone 174.2 vs Dean Purdon 173.1
Renato Oliviera vs Cyril Currie
Lauren Eagle 128.3 vs Pantiwa Kaewmahosod 125.0
Erin McGowan 137.3 vs Chris Pine 132.9
Daniel McGlashon 187.8 vs Steven Kennedy 189.4
Louisa Hawton 101.0 vs Payayong Sueksasonkro 99.9
Western Alliance 14 – “Fighting For Kira” is on Friday night at the WA Italian Club in Perth, Australia. Promoted by CDL Boxing Promotions, this is a special night as all proceeds from this event will be donated to a special little girl who has been going through her own fight of recent.
Western Alliance 14 can bee seen Live and Exclusive on Friday night at www.liveboxing.com.au from 7pm WST (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian lightweight champion Robert “Gummy” Toomey (13-8, 6 KOs) will clash with George Kambosos Jr. (5-0, 3 KOs) over ten rounds with the national title up for grabs at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Toomey captured the vacant title in March by defeating Anthony Brownlee in five rounds. In 2009 the 33 year old Toomey unsuccessfully challenged King Davidson for the Aussie 154 pound title by a ten round decision. In 2008 he lost to Junior Talipeau for the national 160 pound championship by a ten round decision.
In main supporting bout hot lightweight prospect Valentine Borg (7-1, 4 KOs) will be in action against South African Issaka Issah (0-1) over six rounds.
Also welterweight Jake Hanney will punch it out against Jye Solomon (0-2) over six rounds.
In other action welterweight Jess Ravudi (2-1) will be in action against Will Sands (5-3-4, 2 KOs) over four rounds.
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Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs) will take on undefeated Carl Frampton (20-0, 13 KOs) for Martinez’s IBF Super Bantamweight title in a rematch on Saturday, September 6.
The 1st fight took place on February 9, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland that saw Frampton score a 9th round stoppage in a grueling battle. The rematch will also take place in Belfast.
“We are very happy to bring this 5-star title fight to the fans in the United States,” said AWE President Charles Herring. “The 1st fight was sensational and now Martinez is coming back to Ireland as a world champion so now the stakes have been raised. Frampton is undefeated and wants that belts. Martinez has that belt and wants revenge. With all these subplots, this fight had the makings of a classic rematch.”
The bout can be seen live and exclusively in the United States in AWE- A Wealth of Entertainment beginning at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT. (more…)
Luke Campbell takes on Daniel Brizuela and Tommy Coyle faces Michael Katsidis on a huge night for both men at the Ice Arena in Hull on October 25.
Campbell boxes for his first title in his first 12-round fight, with the dangerous Brizuela standing in his way of landing the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Lightweight belt. The Argentine returns to the venue where he shared the ring with Coyle in a fight of the year contender in February, where both men hit the canvas four times before Coyle stopped Brizuela to defend his IBF International title.
Coyle defends that crown once again as Australian star Katsidis returns to Britain to tackle the rising Hull talent, and the former two-time WBO interim champion is looking for a repeat of his stoppage win over Kevin Mitchell.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO’s) and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) met Wednesday afternoon at the El Paseo Inn at the historic Olvera Street Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, officially announcing their October 18 showdown. The two will square off at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California headlining the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast.
K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler welcomed everyone at the press conference and talked about the matchup. “We have had a great response for bringing Golovkin here to the Los AngeIes area. I want to give credit to Marco Antonio Rubio and his entire team for taking the challenge we are really excited about that,” Tom Loeffler said. “It’s a perfect setting October 18, southern California, outdoor venue, the Stub Hub Center is known for fantastic fights and all action that is what this fight promises to deliver.” (more…)
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Unbeaten super welterweight Torben Keller (10-0-1, 3 KOs) faces fellow unbeaten Arman Torosyan (12-0-1, 9 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night on September 13 at TAP1 in Copenhagen. Keller will be hoping to avenge countryman Reda Zam Zam’s defeat KO defeat to Torosyan last year. “I remember that fight,” said Keller. “Reda outboxed Arman in the first five rounds, but then things went wrong for Reda. Arman has a good jab and a dangerous left hook, but I feel well prepared, and I feel that I’m the better boxer.” In recent months Keller has teamed up in camp with Mikkel Kessler, Abdul Khattab and physical trainer Thomas Macon.
By Ron Jackson
Former SA featherweight champion Norman Bromfield has died at the age of 56. Bromfield, who suffered a heart attack and passed away in Pretoria last Saturday, won the SA featherweight title when he beat Israel Khonkhobe at the Badminton Hall in Pretoria in 1984. He was also an SA amateur champion, winning the featherweight title in 1975 and the lightweight championship in 1977. As a professional he had 27 fights, winning 21 – 13 inside the distance – and losing six. (more…)
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New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri arrives in San Francisco with trainer Tim Lane on ‘Day Three’ of his worldwide tour with superstar Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao and Algieri , along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., are on a 27,273-Mile Media Tour, that began on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao. The 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.
Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. photos
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio faced off Wednesday during the kickoff press conference for their October 18 clash at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Full report to come…
By Miguel Maravilla
The WBA featherweight title will be on the line when Nonito Donaire takes on Nicholas Walters on the October 18 Golovkin-Rubio card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The bout will open the telecast as HBO returns to active boxing programming with a great card following an unusual 2.5 month midyear hiatus.
World Boxing Association number-five ranked heavyweight, undefeated Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) has been working hard preparing for his WBA interim heavyweight championship bout against fellow undefeated contender Luis Ortiz ((21-0, 18 KOs) on September 11 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The resident of Hollywood, California and native of Lagos, Nigeria is training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood under the watchful eye of Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach.
Despite moving up from cruiserweight, Kayode is not at all intimidated by Ortiz who will have close to a three-inch and 20-plus pound weight advantage.
“He is strong and big. I know that and it doesn’t concern me at all. I spar a lot of big guys out here and I am used to it. I have been doing my job as I know this is a big opportunity. This fight will give me a heavyweight title belt and that will only lead me into bigger fights…They say nobody wants to fight Ortiz. Well I am not scared and I will be there. I am not scared of anybody.” (more…)
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