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Hard to believe that legendary heavyweight world champion “Iron” Mike Tyson has hit the big 5-0.
The ban on professional boxing in Norway has finally been lifted, and Norway’s undefeated queen of boxing Cecilia Brækhus will finally get to fight on Norwegian soil. The event takes place in Oslo Spektrum Saturday October 1st. It will be a spectacular evening with several boxing matches, and Brækhus will create Norwegian history when she enters the ring in the center of the capitol.
“Finally! I’m thrilled I finally get the opportunity to fight on Norwegian ground. This has been a major driving force in recent years,” said Brækhus, who holds the WBC, WBA. IBF and WBO female welterweight titles.
Pro Boxing has been banned in Norway since 1981, and Brækhus and other Norwegian pro boxers have been forced to practice their sport abroad. In 2015, Cecilia Brækhus submitted her first application for a boxing event in Norway, but was rejected. After a long process, the application has finally been approved. The incumbent government has actively worked to gain support for the required changes in the knock-out law, where quarantine regulations, match length, age and a satisfactory system for anti-doping work has been central.
Photos: Thomas Purwin / Team SES
The “My First Boxing Gloves” campaign got underway this week in Germany with WBO #1 rated light heavyweight Dominic Bösel speaking to young people at a number of sports clubs and passing out boxing gloves provided by SES Boxing and TopTen/Budoland. The boys and girls were all between six and fourteen years old.
Dominic Bösel: “If you’re very successful in sports, you have to look back to your sporting roots. For me, good boxing training under good conditions was the best starting point. I’m very grateful for this day and with our campaign, I’d like to give something back to today’s youth for a good athletic start with their own boxing gloves. Even after passing out the first few, the glowing eyes of the boys and girls has touched me. Today at the Sportschule International here in Leipzig was similarly emotional. Sometimes it’s so easy to make a difference for German boxing!”
By Miguel Maravilla
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Santa Barbara welterweight Francisco “Chia” Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs) is gearing up for his next bout undefeated former WBA interim super lightweigh world champion Jose Benavidez (24-0, 16 KOs), of Phoenix, Arizona, on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay per view.
We spoke to Santana about his upcoming bout. “It’s a good feeling fighting Benavidez,” Santana told Fightnews.com®. “I feel I’m moving in the right direction to fight for a title and for a guy like Benavidez I am more than ready!”
Santana has been working with his trainer Joseph “Hoss” Janik at the Knuckleheads Boxing Gym in Ventura, California.
“Camp has been good with my trainer Hoss here at Knuckleheads. I have everything here. The beach, and the mountains where I do my roadwork,” Santana said. “Sparring is good, I came off a win and I had a lot of hard sparring for that fight. Then I went back into camp and it’s been a smooth transition. I spar cruiserweights to light welterweights. The goal is to be ready.” (more…)
Undefeated world ranked Oscar Valdez of Mexico is in the middle of his preparation for what will the most important fight of his professional career as he takes on undefeated Matias Ruedas of Argentina on July 23 in a bout that is expected to be for the vacant WBO featherweight wold championship. The fight will take place on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol WBO/WBC super welterweight unification clash that will be telecast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas by HBO Pay Per View.
Interestingly, the two-time Mexican Olympian is apparently still waiting on official word that his bout with Ruedas will be for the vacant WBO featherweight world title, but it’s sure looking that way considering the WBO’s current ratings list that title as vacant and Lomachenko’s website states he is remaining at 130lbs after winning the WBO junior lightweight belt with a sensational knockout of Rocky Martinez.
“I am getting ready like I always do. I work very hard in training camp to get ready for my fights because I know that if you put in the work you will get positive results,” said Valdez, after another hard day of sparring in the Rock Gym in Carson, California. (more…)
WBC FECOMBOX super featherweight titleholder Sebastian Diaz (12-2, 10 KOs) of Aguas Calientes, Mexico, faces WBO #11 rated Latin beltholder Carlos “Fino” Ruiz (15-2, 5 KOs) in the Boxeo Telemundo Ford 10 round main event this Friday at the Plaza Condesa Auditorium in Mexico City. Diaz enters the fight with a four-fight win streak and will be making his Telemundo debut.
What do you know about Ruiz?
He uses his legs well and has good movement. It’s going to be an interesting fight.
Ruiz seems to think his experience of having fought and won outside of Mexico will work in his favor against you. Your thoughts?
He has a lot of experience. There’s no doubt about that. I’m doing my part in training and working on all possible scenarios like I do in all my fights. I’m ready for this fight both physically and mentally. (more…)
Still no opponent for WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7 heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs), who will be featured in the 10-round “Detroit Brawl” main event on July 16 at the historic Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit. But, no matter who Andy fights, it will be for a good cause. Salita Promotions has announced that they will donate five charitable meals for each ticket (and ten charitable meals for every VIP ticket) purchased for the event to Forgotten Harvest, one of the nation’s largest food rescue organizations. Tickets are VIP $123, Box Seats $100, Ringside $93, Reserved $63 and $38, and Balcony $28, and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Tickmaster.com.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Boxing returns to the expanding Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., on Saturday, July 9, where Manuel (“Tino”) Avila (20-0, 8 KOs) of neighboring Fairfield will face Prosper Ankrah (2(24-7, 15 KOs) of Ghana in the 10-round main event for the vacant IBA Americas featherweight title.
The co-main will pair former world contender Manuel Roman (19-4-3, 7 KOs) of Paramount, Calif. in an eight-round super bantamweight bout against Javier Gallo (21-12-1, 12 KOs) of Mexico. The undercard features light heavyweight Ryan Bourland (9-1, 4 KOs) of close-by Vacaville against Gilberto Rubio (6-2, 4 KOs) of Mexico in a six-rounder.
Sacramento fighters appearing are super-feather Pedro Moreno, cruiser Blake Mckernan and feather Alberto Torres.
The card is a promotion of Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents in association with Golden Boy Promotions. First bell at 6 p.m., with the weigh-in at 3 p.m. Friday in the Woodland area casino.
NJ Boxing Hall of Fame Promoter Andre Kut has announced that KEA Boxing will be returning this summer with “Boxing at the Expo.” This all professional boxing show will be held at The New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, NJ on July 30. This will be the 12th year that Kut will be promoting professional boxing shows in New Jersey since his debut show in June of 2004. Kut says that this will be a “tripleheader show featuring all local talent.” Headlining the show will be featherweight Jorge “King” Diaz (18-4-1, 10 KOs), unbeaten super middleweight Godson “Soldier Boy” Noel (6-0, 4 KOs), and welterweight Danny “Little Mac” McDermott (12-5-2, 5 KOs) in separate bouts. Unbeaten heavyweight Tyrell Wright (8-0-1, 6 KOs) will also see action. For tickets and more information visit www.keaboxing.com or call (973) 903-2907 or (973) 222-2273.
By Jeff Labrecque
Vinny Pazienza was a five-time world boxing champion, and the colorful brawler nicknamed “The Pazmanian Devil” had plenty of career highlights in the ring. But the bout that may best exemplify his heart and grit is his 1995 title fight against the legendary Roy Jones Jr., in which he was pummeled to a bloody pulp and knocked out in the sixth round. Three times he was sent to the canvas by the champion, and three times, he courageously shook off the blows and tried to continue. There was absolutely no quit in him, and even as the referee finally stepped in and cradled his head to protect him after the third brutal knockdown, Pazienza could be seen lobbying for more. Pazienza always believed he could come back, because he had already come back from even greater odds. In 1991, one month after he won the light middleweight title, Pazienza broke his neck in a car accident and was cautioned he might never walk again. (more…)
IBF #2 super bantamweight contender Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) is hard at work preparing for the “fight of his life” with trainer Hector Bermudez at Peter Welch’s Gym in Boston. The 26-year-old KO artist from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will face IBF #1 contender Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) on Wednesday, July 20, at EDION Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan, for the vacant IBF World super bantamweight title.
Guzman, who stopped Mexican Daniel Rosas in the eighth round on April 29 to earn this fight, says his dreams are so close to coming true he can almost taste them. “I have waited my whole life for a world title fight and now it’s almost here,” said Guzman. “I can’t wait to get in the ring and win for my family and my country.”
Trainer Bermudez says Guzman has too many weapons to fall short in this fight. “Although Jonathan has never had to go the distance because his power is amazing, he can also box very well. He’s just never had to thus far in his career. Jonathan is the complete package and soon the world will be learning all about him. There is no way that Wake can beat him.”
The popular, prospect-orientated boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates its 15th anniversary with a quadrupleheader on Friday, July 22, from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
In the 10-round main event, undefeated top 10-ranked Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (15-0, 7 KOs) of Phoenix faces Roman Ruben Reynoso (18-1-1, 7 KOs) of Argentina in a bantamweight bout. Super middleweights Ronald Ellis (12-0-1, 10 KOs) of Lynn., Mass., and Julius Jackson (19-1, 15 KOs) of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, will collide in the eight-round co-feature.
Two eight-rounders will round out the four-fight telecast. O’Shaquie Foster (10-1, 7 KOs), of Orange, Texas, meets Rolando Chinea (12-1-1, 6 KOs), of Lancaster, Penn., in a featherweight scrap and undefeated Khiary Gray-Pitts (13-0, 10 KOs), of Worcester, Mass., will be opposed by fellow unbeaten Ismael Garcia (10-0, 4 KOs), of Vineland, N.J., by way of Pahokee, Fla., in the super welterweight opener.
WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev arrived a few days ago in Ekaterinburg, Russia, where he’ll defend his titles against Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba on July 11 in his first fight in his home country since 2011. Kovalev completed the first phase of his training camp in the mountains of Armenia without head trainer John David Jackson, who will be joining Krusher in Ekaterinburg for the final lead up to the fight. If Kovalev beats Chilemba and Andre Ward beats Alexander Brand on August 6 in Oakland, a November 19 Kovalev-Ward super fight is in the works for the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
Unbeaten WBC #8, IBF #9, WBO #9, WBA #14 super middleweight Zac Dunn (21-0, 17 KOs) will be back in action on Friday when he clashes with Carlos Adan Jerez (43-19-3, 18 KOs) over ten rounds on a Barry Michael promotion at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Dunn is coming off an impressive three round stoppage over Les Sherrington in April and also scored a knockout over Rogerio Damasco in round one in February. He made his American debut in October 2015 defeating Derrick Findley in an action-packed ten round bout that received global exposure on ESPN. Dunn is now rated with all the major body organizations and is chasing title opportunities in 2016 against IBF champion James De Gale, WBO champion Gilberto Ramirez or WBC champion Badou Jack.
37-year-old Argentinian Carlos Adan Jerez is coming off a points win over Gustavo Alberto Sanchez last November and is making his second visit to Australia having lost over twelve rounds to former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine in 2010. Dunn and Jerez have boxed a common opponent in world rated Max Bursak. Dunn defeated Bursak over twelve rounds in 2015 and Jerez was outscored over twelve by Bursak in 2011. Jerez also took former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez the ten round distance in 2008.
By Shea Smith
This Saturday, Pinnacle Boxing will hold their third pro boxing show at The Teamster Temple (4701 Butler Street) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a late surprise addition to the card, Hall of Fame promoter Don King has added three of his world ranked fighters. The King fighters include:
WBC #5 and WBA #9 super lightweight Amir “Young Master” Imam (18-1, 16 KOs), who will face Nicaraguan Wilfredo Acuna (16-19, 12 KOs).
Unbeaten WBA #10 heavyweight Trevor Bryan (16-0, 11 KOs), who will square off against veteran Galen Brown (44-33-1, 25 KOs).
Former WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones (44-3, 33 KOs), who fights rugged Philadelphian Garret Wilson (16-10, 9 KOs). (more…)
Unbeaten WBA interim minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (13-0, 6 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision to dethrone WBA minimumweight world champion Byron “El Gallito” Rojas (17-3-3, 8 KOs) on Wednesday afternoon at the City Hall Ground in Khon Kaen, Thailand. It was a close, ugly fight with local favorite Freshmart getting the nod 115-113 on all three scorecards.
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Jose Benavidez Jr. (24-0, 16 KO’s) prepares for his bout against Francisco Santana (24-4-1), on the under card of Terence Crawford versus Viktor Postol July 23 live on PPV in Las Vegas at MGM Grand and Casino. Benavidez training out of Long Beach at the Hill St. Boxing gym who is also living on the second floor of the gym, said he is taking this fight very serious and wants to prove a point. Benavidez also hired strength and condition coach Cem Eren, who uses plyo metrix movements to strengthen is core and fast twitch muscles says Eren. He also added, “Jose is in very good shape and will be ready come fight night.” “I will fight anybody, it doesn’t matter.” Benavidez says.
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WBC #14 super featherweight Edner Cherry (35-7, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Lydell Rhodes (23-2-1, 11 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Cherry, who was coming off a split decision loss in a world title shot against IBF champ Jose Pedraza in his previous fight, won by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 97-93 in a forgettable fight.
Undefeated super featherweight Omar “Super O” Douglas (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Alexei Collado (19-2, 17 KOs). Douglas steadily broke down Collado with a relentless body attack. Collado finally took a knee in round seven and was counted out. Time was 2:51.
Super bantamweight Gary Antonio Russell (7-0, 5 KOs), brother of WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell, scored a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Rudolph Hedge (10-4-3, 4 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
There was a purse bid today for the IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins’ mandatory defense against Stuart Hall. There were two bidders: Matchroom Sport bid $201,999 and TGB Promotions bid $85,000. Champion Haskins gets 75% and Hall gets 25%. The fight has to take place in 90 days or by September 28, 2016.
An all-Brooklyn showdown between welterweight technicians Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) and Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) highlights the Showtime Extreme portion of the July 30 Santa Cruz-Frampton card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
“I have known Tito a long time and I know he always comes to fight,” said Malignaggi. “We will give the Brooklyn fans a great appetizer before the terrific main event later that night in Barclays Center.”
Bracero comes off of a sensational one-punch knockout of rival Danny O’Connor in their rematch last October. “I’m looking to make a statement by winning this fight,” said Bracero. “Paulie and I have been friends since the amateurs and I’m thankful to have this opportunity, but he’s had his run. Now it’s time for me to have mine. This fight is going to change my life.”
A 10-round clash between once-beaten lightweight Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) and streaking Tevin Farmer (24-1-1, 5 KOs), a winner of 14 straight, will open the Sho Extreme telecast.
Later that night on “regular” Showtime, Leo Santa Cruz defends his WBA featherweight championship vs. Carl Frampton, two-division former champ Mikey Garcia returns against former champ Elio Rojas, and Tony Harrison meets Sergey Rabchenko in an IBF 154-pound eliminator.
Roc Nation Sports officially announced today that two-time world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, August 6 when he takes on Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. The event will be televised live on HBO. Ward and Brand were slated to face each other last November on the pay-per-view undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez, but a leg injury forced Ward to withdraw from participation in the event.
Andre Ward: “We can get it on, right now. August 6th, I will be ready, so come out to Oracle Arena or tune in live on HBO. Don’t miss it.”
Alexander Brand: “It will be a great honor to face Andre Ward on August 6 and better yet in his own backyard. Fighting somebody with such an illustrious career, facing a guy that perhaps hasn’t lost a round in his entire life, is even more thrilling. We were set to face each other last November, but he was forced to pull out of the fight with an injury. Now the time has come to fight him and I can’t wait to derail his future plans. I’ll work hard to spoil them.”
Tickets priced at $300, $120, $90, $60 and $30, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale TODAY and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Photos: Mikey Williams for Espinoza Boxing / Team Magdaleno
Top Rank Jr. featherweight rising star, Jessie Magdaleno switches camps and joins Trainer Manuel Robles in Carson California at The Rock Gym after being trained by Joel Diaz for the past couple of years during Magdaleno’s short career. Magdaleno joins a list of potential world champions under Robles including Oscar Valdez, Jason Quigley, and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy to name a few. Magdaleno’s Manager, Frank Espinoza Jr. is excited for the move and looks for his fighter to improve his speed, combinations and footwork with new trainer Manuel Robles.
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WBO Super middleweight Champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0) takes his training to new heights as he runs Mt. Baldy in California in preparation for his upcoming bout against Germany’s Dominik Britsch (32-2-1) on PPV during the undercard of Terence Crawford versus Viktor Postol at MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas July 23, 2016.
Here’s an update from WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and his trainer Brian McIntyre for the HBO-PPV unification clash between Crawford and WBC champion Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Do you feel you are being avoided?
Terence Crawford: “I’m not worried if I am being avoided by anyone as long as I get to fight the best out there. In this business if you don’t fight you don’t eat. And the fans are smart enough to know a good fight. They are not about to settle for anything less. Why should they? They work hard for their money too. So if other fighters want to go hungry because they are looking for easy fights, that’s their business. But that’s not for me. I love this sport too much and I owe a lot to the fans who pay to see me fight. They deserve to see the best fight the best, which is why I am fighting Postol. We are two undefeated champions risking our world titles and our undefeated records to fight each other to determine the best fighter in the division. It’s the ultimate test. We both want to know who the best junior welterweight is and on July 23 we are going to find out.”
Trainer Brian McIntyre: “Everyone knows that most 140 pound champions have avoided Terence. That is not a problem because our feeling is either fight us or get out of the game. Fighters are like buses. If one speeds off as you approach you don’t run after it. You wait a few minutes for the next one to come by. Terence isn’t chasing anyone. He only wants to fight the top fighters who are confident enough in their talents to meet him head on. And that’s what you’re going to see on July 23rd — a head-on collision between two undefeated world champions and the class of the 140 pound division.”
The HBO Sports Special, Terence Crawford: My Fight, debuts Saturday, July 9 at 12:15 a.m. on HBO.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Golden Boy Promotions
Undefeated Colombian bantamweight prospect Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete (14-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Tierra Alta, Columbia returns to the ring as takes on Jose “Flash” Bustos (11-6-3, 7 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico this Friday at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The Negrete vs. Bustos clash headlines the Golden Boy Promotions “LA Fight Club” card and will be telecast live on Estrella TV.
FightNews.com® spoke to Negrete as he is just days away from his fight.
“I am ready for this fight,” said Negrete. “It will be a good show.”
Negrete has been training at the Who’s Next Gym in Industry, California. He has been working with Team Santa Cruz and trainer Jose Santa Cruz, the father of WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, along with assistant trainer Antonio Santa Cruz.
“I have worked hard for this fight and I have had a strong training camp. I trained with the Santa Cruz’s, with Don Jose, and Antonio, along with Max Friedman,” said Negrete. (more…)
Unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) and WBO #1 junior welterweight Jason “El Niño” Pagara (38-2, 23 KOs), the featured fighters for “Fists of the Future,” the first ALA Promotions boxing show in the Bay Area, visited two branches of the United States’ largest Filipino grocery chain “Seafood City” as well as the famous Serramonte Mall in Daly City over the weekend. Supporters were able to pose with the two fighters and get autographs ahead of the July 9 fight night at the San Mateo Event Center.
With less than two weeks to go, the brothers will have three more promotional appearances. They will make a courtesy call at the San Francisco Philippine Consulate on June 29 from 10-11AM, and public workouts at Seafood City Westborough. ALA Gym head trainer Edmund Villamor said the fighters have to cut short their promotional activities after June 30 to give them more time to focus on their fights.
Undefeated lightweight Andy “El Tiburon” Vences (15-0, 10 KOs) was a guest Monday on “A los Golpes” the popular boxing show on ESPN Deportes that is taped at the ESPN studios at LA Live and is hosted by Bernardo Osuna and the great Mexican champion Julio Cesar Chavez. Vences returns to the ring on Saturday July 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. Vences of San Jose, California will take on Moises Delgadillo (15-15-2, 8 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, in an eight round bout in a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” Card promoted by Top Rank Inc.
In the main event, unbeaten WBC Continental Americas champ Jose Ramirez (17-0, 12 KOs) who, in the wake of his dominant win over vet Manny Perez on April 9th on HBO Pay-Per-View, returns to Central California — where he’s previously fought in front of sellout crowds — to face Tomas Mendez (21-7) of the Dominican Republic.
By Bill Green
World class boxing returns to Longmont, Colorado, as unbeaten Cuban jr middleweight sensation Inocente Fiz (19-0, 13 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Boulder, Colorado. Fiz was an outstanding amateur who boasted a reported 381-17 record including becoming a 3-time Gold Medalist at the Cuban National Championships. Even more impressive were the big amateur wins over former IBF super lightweight champion Juan Urango, former IBF welterweight title challenger Kevin Bizier, and undefeated Puerto Rican Jonathan Gonzalez. Fiz will make his Colorado debut against rugged New Mexico southpaw Arturo Crespin (13-6-1, 4 KOs) on a card promoted by MGM and Ghost Town Promotions. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Two-time WBC light heavyweight champion Jeff “Hitman” Harding talks to Fightnews.com about his eight world title bouts which include his triology against Dennis Andries, Tom “The Bomb” Collins, Christophe Tiozzo, Nestor Giovannini, David Vedder and Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum. Jeff also talks about his twin, eighteen-year-old daughters, Lily and Amy, who are champions in the sport of athletics.
Edner Cherry 131.7 vs. Haskell Rhodes 132.9
Omar Douglas 128.1 vs. Alexei Collado 128.4
Antonio Russell 117.1 vs. Rudolph Hedge 119.3
Chris Colbert 127.5 vs. Antonio Dubose 127.8
Milton Santiago 139.4 vs. Osumanu Akaba 139.9
Eric Newell 266 vs. Randy Easton 232
Mykal Fox 141.6 vs. Jose Valderrama 144.1
Victor Vazquez 135.1 vs. Seifullah Jihad Wise 136.5
Venue: Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, PA
Promoter: King’s Promotions
Unbeaten middleweight Ievgen Khytrov (13-0, 11 KOs) faces Paul Mendez (19-2-2, 9 KOs) in the co-featured bout on ESPN & ESPN Deportes Thursday, July 21 from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. The bout will be a ten-rounder. Khytrov, a fearsome power puncher, is rated WBC #5 and is rated in the top 15 of all four major sanctioning bodies.
As previously announced, the main event features rising middleweight contender Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (8-0, 6 KOs) against former world champion Sam “King” Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) in an IBF eliminator.
Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz will return to action on the Solo Boxeo UniMás card that will take place on Saturday, August 6, at the Grand Ballroom of the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Diaz (41-4, 20 KOs), from Houston, Texas, who has been crowned on multiple occasions as lightweight king, hopes to continue his steady pace towards the opportunity to fight for a world title once again when he battles against Mexico’s Cesar Vazquez (27-3, 16 KOs) – a former world title challenger – in a ten-round bout.
“I have been itching to get back into the ring. I am very happy and excited to be part of another Top Rank event. After my last fight in Houston, I felt great and I am looking forward to the next bout scheduled in Tucson at the Casino Del Sol and to be with Arizona boxing fans. With a win in Tucson I am one step closer to the ultimate goal which is obtaining a fifth world title,” said Diaz.
Regarding his August 6 opponent, the ‘Baby Bull’ added: “He (Vazquez) has previously challenged for a world title, I am respectful of that, he is a tough professional and he will also be ready for the bout. This will be a fan friendly and interesting fight”. (more…)
Boxeo Telemundo Ford will continue its summer season this Frida from the Plaza Condesa Auditorium in Mexico City. In the main event, WBO Latin jr. lightweight champion and #11 contender Carlos “Fino” Ruiz (15-2, 5 KOs) of Mexico City will face countryman and current WBC FECOMBOX Champion Sebastian Diaz (12-2, 10 KOs) from Aguas Calientes, Mexico in another “Civil War” scheduled for ten Rounds with Ruiz’ title at stake.
Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:00 PM. Six more bouts are scheduled. Telemundo Network will televise in the US starting at 11:35 PM ET. 52MX MVS Networks televises in Mexico at 11:30 PM. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Producciones Deportivas. Plaza Condesa Auditorium is located at Juan Escutia #4, Colonia Condesa, Mexico DF, MX. Tel: 52 11 00 44. For tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx
IBF #8 middleweight Sam “King” Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) will clash with Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (8-0, 6 KOs) in an ESPN-televised IBF elimination contest on July 21 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Soliman talked to Fightnews.com® to say he will take the Ukrainian former amateur star to school and stop him inside the distance to set up a showdown with GGG.
Mike Guy, Elvin Ayala, Jesse Nicklow were the last three opponents of Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Ayala took him the distance. Have you seen any of these fights on YouTube?
Yes – I watched several of Derevyanchenko’s fights. He is very skillful, but as a professional, he hasn’t mixed it with the best middleweights in the world – which he will find out on July 21 at Foxwoods in Connecticut that it is a totally different ball game at the top level. Derevyanchenko is in for a difficult night.
Lou DiBella, who promotes Derevyanchenko, rates him a future world champion. He has had only eight professional bouts but an extensive amateur career with a reported 390-20 record and was bronze medalist in the 2007 world amateur championships. You will be the highest ranked and most experienced opponent he has met. What are your thoughts?
Lou DiBella is confident that Sergiy will defeat me but I have news for Lou, and it’s all bad. The 400-plus amateur fights and eight professional fights against unrated middleweights will not be enough to defeat me. Remember I went to Germany to win the world title and scored a near shutout decision over Felix Sturm who is regarded as one of the greats of German boxing. I’m confident my hand will be raised in victory on July 21. (more…)
Here’s an update from WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol and his trainer Freddie Roach for the HBO PPV unification clash between Postol and WBO champion Terence Crawford on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Tell us about the fight with Lucas Matthysse…
Viktor Postol: “The fight with Matthysse was my most challenging and memorable because it was my first world championship fight and I was fighting for the title against one of the strongest punchers in the division. The importance of this fight for my career and my life was not lost on me. It was all I thought about during training camp at Wild Card. It’s all I ever wanted since I started boxing in a gym outside Kiev as a 12-year-old boy. I followed Freddie’s game plan from beginning to end. Even the last combination I landed — right uppercut, left hook — we worked on daily. It was a reflex to throw them when he charged in at me. He was perfect for that punch. Freddie Roach had me well prepared for that fight. My trainers made me a champion and helped me realize a dream I have had for a very long time. Every time I look at that green belt I will think of Freddie and everyone at Wild Card who helped me become a champion. I loved showing it off to all my friends, family members and fans in Ukraine. I am very proud to represent my country as a world champion.”
Freddie Roach: “It was a very good performance. We were in charge of the fight the whole time. Viktor followed the game plan perfectly. I remember before the last round I told our corner that Matthysse was very tired and ready to go out. He was coming in with his head leaning down. We told Viktor, ‘Now is the time for a right uppercut and a left hook. Viktor took him out when he was ready to take him out. He is a good student of the game. Viktor deserved that victory. I’ve never had a fighter work harder in training camp than he did. I was so happy for him when the fight was stopped. I just knew that a lot of doors would be opening for him now that he was a world champion and because of how he won that fight. This was, really, one of the greatest wins of my career as a trainer.”
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