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On September 29, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will present a heavyweight showdown between former light heavyweight world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs), who returns to action for the first time since November, 2013, against top contender and Wladimir Klitschko trainer Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs) at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
Antonio Tarver: “I’m happy to be back in the ring and fighting in Texas for the first time. A win over Johnathon Banks is just what I need to get my shot at the heavyweight title. To come back to boxing on the same day that my son, Antonio Jr. makes his pro-debut; that’s even more rewarding.”
Johnathon Banks: “Tarver is a crafty veteran who deserves respect for what he’s done in the sport, but his time has passed and I’ll remind him of that on September 29.” (more…)
Rustam Nugaev 134 vs. Denis Shafikov135
Jose Pedraza 132 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez 132
Francisco Santana 146.5 vs. Luis Alfredo Lugo 145
Rufino Serrano 125 vs. Khabir Suleymanov 125
Edwin Sandoval 125 vs. Lyonell Kelly 125
Makani Sarellano 263 vs. Andrew Tinae 258
Carlos Samuel Lopez 161 vs. Azamat Umarzada 159.5
The ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast begins Friday August 15, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Tickets priced $35, $50, $65, $85, and $95 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Chumash Casino Box office or online at HERE. Doors open at 5:00 P.M, first fight starts at 5:30 P.M.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Shawn Miller 174.4 vs. Frankie Filippone 173
(For Miller’s WBF North American title)
Vincent Miranda 182.6 vs. Rayford Johnson 182.2
Michael Pryor 143.6 vs. Aaron Williamson 149
Kimdo Bethel Boykin 226.8 vs. Aaron Kinch 253
Joe Gbolo 136 vs. Phil Nazario 134.6
Will Madera 137 vs. Victor Vazquez 133.4
Louis King 176 vs. 173.8
Promoter: Take It Light Promotions (Linda Miller)
Venue: Saratoga Springs City Center
Match Maker: Diana Rodriguez
Doors Open: 6 p.m., First Bell: 7:30
Report/Photos: Bob Ryder
Anthony Barnes 166.6 vs Darryl Fields 163.2
Junior Wright 204.4 vs Marlon Hayes 208
Ed Williams 151 vs Jose Araguz 145
Dorrell Van Horn Jr 163.4 vs Pete Cajigas TBD
Dewayne Zeigler 138.4 vs Tony Wallker 138.4
Calie Cutler 130 vs Tiana Barber 127
Michael Portillo 145.2 vs Bernard Webster 144
Craig Lewis 218 vs Ray Lopez 240.8
Anthony Gallerani 122.8 vs Carlos Alcala TBD
Leandre White 160.6 vs Quincy Brown 155
James Ballard 172.2 vs Robert Ptasenski 162.8
Promoter: KP Boxing (George & John Kaltsas)
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre
Doors: 6 PM, First Fight, 7:30
In keeping with Mexican Independence Day tradition, Mayweather Promotions has assembled a stellar undercard featuring some of this era’s most exciting boxers to co-feature on “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ on Saturday,September 13 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on SHOWTIME PPV.
Featured on the four-fight pay-per-view telecast, fan favorite Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz will put his WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship on the line in a 12-round championship bout against Mexican contender Manuel “Suavecito” Roman, plus Tijuana-Baja’s pride Miguel “Títere” Vazquez defends his IBF Lightweight World Championship against Mayweather Promotions’ rising star Mickey “The Spirit” Bey. In the opening bout on pay per view, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo returns to the ring against James De La Rosa in a 10-round bout.
Rounding out a sensational night of televised fights, SHOWTIME will present a live 10-round Jr. welterweight bout between John Molina Jr. and Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto on “COUNTDOWN LIVE” (SHO, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) immediately preceding the SHOWTIME PPV telecast. (more…)
PPV: WBC super bantamweight title
Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) vs. Manuel Roman (17-2-3, 6 KOs)
PPV: IBF lightweight title
Miguel Vazquez (34-3, 13 KOs) vs. Mickey Bey (20-1-1, 10 KOs)
Alfredo Angulo (22-4, 18 KOs) vs. James De la Rosa (22-2, 13 KOs)
PPV preshow: Super lightweight
Humberto Soto (64-8-2, 35 KOs) vs. John Molina (27-4, 22 KOs)
Leo Santa Cruz vs Manuel Roman Miguel Vasquez vs Mickey Bey Alfredo Angulo vs James De La Rosa John Molina Jr vs Humberto Soto #Mayhem
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 14, 2014
Scott Harrison has finally had his boxing license reinstated by the British Boxing Board of Control. The Stewards of the Board made the decision to renew former two-time WBO world featherweight champion Harrison’s license – which was revoked on the 22nd of September 2013 – at their meeting in Cardiff on Wednesday the 13th of August.
“I had my boxing license reinstated on the 11th of June, subject to me providing the Board with some paperwork before they would grant me permission to box,” Harrison said. “It’s a relief to have my licence fully reinstated. It’s been a long struggle over the year, fighting to get my licence back, but I am now looking forward to returning to my profession and getting my career back on track. I believe I have a few more titles left in me and I have always kept myself in good condition. There will be news soon about my next fight, which should be in October.”
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In other Scott Harrison news, he was reportedly arrested on charges of assaulting a woman on August 11, pleaded not guilty today and released on bail. A trial is set for February.
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Jeanette Salazar – IBF
Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer picked up a new piece of hardware to go along with his red and gold IBF belt on Wednesday. IBF president Daryl Peoples made the trip to the City of Brotherly Love to catch up on some old housekeeping that was long overdue. In a special ceremony at a North Philly hair salon owned by Brewer and his wife Sofia, The Hatchet received a brand new IBF championship ring, an award given to champions who have made three successful title defenses.
Brewer, who won the IBF crown with a with a 5th round TKO of Gary Ballard, did make three defenses – W12 Joey DeGrandis, TKO10 Herol Graham, and TKO3 Antoine Byrd – but those fights were back in 1997 and 1998. Somehow, Brewer’s accomplishment fell through the cracks and he didn’t receive his ring until today – 15 years after that third successful title defense.
“It has been a long time coming,” said Daryl Peoples at the event today. “But the IBF has finally had the opportunity to recognize Charles for his accomplishment. It is a recognition that is much deserved, and I am glad to be here to present Charles with his championship ring.” (more…)
Fist of Power, the new weekly one-hour television boxing program which is broadcast throughout China, will presents its first live boxing event on Tuesday, August 26. Emanating from the Mercedes-Benz Center in Shanghai, China, the live telecast of Fist of Power will feature Ik Yang (15-0, 9 KOs), of Dalian China in a 10-round junior welterweight bout against Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-2, 8 KOs), of Roi-Et, Thailand. The co-main event will feature top ten contenders Randy Petalcorin (21-1-1, 16 KOs), of General Santos, Philippines, battling Walter Tello (20-7, 8 KOs), of Puerto Armuelles, Panama for the vacant WBA interim light flyweight world title. Fist Power is the latest joint venture from Top Rank, SECA and Sands China Ltd., who have been building the growth of boxing in the People’s Republic of China by producing and promoting six world championship events in Macao over the past 15 months.
“I am excited to be the main fighter on the debut live telecast of Fist of Power. I am not going to disappoint my supporters!” said Yang, who is trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
IBF welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) and undefeated top rated welterweight Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) held separate workouts Wednesday afternoon at the Fabela Chavez Boxing Gym in Carson, California in preparation for their Saturday night showdown on Showtime Championship Boxing.
“I love that we are both undefeated, a great story, a great fight. I know he’s a good fighter, he’s undefeated and I know I’ll take that O from him,” Porter told Fightnews.com
The undefeated Brook told us “It’s a great opportunity. I’m here for a reason. It’s my time now. I see him come forward, you have to tip your hat to him. H’s tough and game. It’s going to be a dogfight at times and sometimes boxing.” (more…)
When the UFC lands in Maine for the first time ever this weekend, the preliminary portion of the card only runs four fights deep, but there are some great matchups, including two pivotal fights amongst ranked fighters in the flyweight and women’s bantamweight divisions . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Middleweight Martin Murray’s charge to the world championship will continue on another Golden Gloves bill that takes place in Monaco on October 25. The card will be staged at the glittering Salles des’Etoiles, which hosted the Golden Gloves Super Eight event and has also featured superstars from the world of music.
Having established himself in the principality with a dominant performance in June, Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) returns for his second outing there against rugged Domenico Spada (38-5, 19 KOs) of Italy, rated #8 by the WBC. It marks the first defense of Murray’s WBC Silver belt.
The event also includes three other championship fights.
Dual champion Hekkie Budler (26-1, 9 KOs) of South Africa, holder of the WBA and IBO strawweight titles, defends against former champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (24-5-1, 14 KOs). American Randy Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs), the IBF #1, will venture out of California to fight IBF #3 and former world champion Stuart Hall (18-3-2, 7 KOs) of the UK for the IBF bantamweight belt. This bout will be presented in association with Dennis Hobson Promotions. And big-hitting light-heavyweight Ryno Liebenberg (16-0, 11 KOs) of South Africa, ranked #6 by the WBC, will put both his WBC Silver belt and his unbeaten record on the line against Canada-based Colombian Eleider Alvarez (15-0, 8 KOs), who is also undefeated and rated #11. This fight will be presented in association with Groupe Yvon Michel. (more…)
Frank Bruno talks about the good ol’ days. More
Ricky Hatton says no to Lucas Browne vs. Joseph Parker. More
Ode to old time boxer Spider Kelly. More
By Jerry Glick at ringside
Photos: Ed Diller / DiBella Entertainment
Junior welterweight Elio Rojas put on a free swinging show that often slipped into a wrestling match with opponent Robert Osiobe, (14-10-4, 6 KOs), in the main event at BB Kings in Times Square, NY on the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series. The former WBC Featherweight World Champion Rojas, (24-2, 14 KOs), showed little ring rust from being out of action for two and a half years as he continually used his superior speed and skills to win the rounds. Osiobe lost a point in the fifth round for holding. Rojas tried to keep it at long range, sometimes fighting with his gloves at his side or low and would toss quick combinations as Osiobe attempted to bring the battle inside. Rojas is a former 126 pound champion and now is campaigning at junior welterweight but has been able to maintain his speed. The Judges scored it 80-71 twice and 79-72. Arthur Mercante refereed.
Even with a fast growing hematoma on his forehead that became monstrous by the end of the eight round fight, underdog, super middleweight Derrick Findley, (2-13-1, 13 KOs), still managed to score two knockdowns, the first with a leaping left hook to the head in round four and the second the result of a hard right to the head over prospect Lamar Russ. The taller Russ, (14-2, 7 KOs), used his speed and reach to box throwing long jabs and quick combinations,to raise that huge lump on Findley’s head. Nevertheless, Findley used pressure to stay inside negating his opponent’s reach advantage to win the rounds? The doctors kept checking Findley’s injury but let the action continue. All three judges gave it to Finley by scores of 77-72, 76-73, and 75-74. Arthur Mercanti refereed. (more…)
Challenge accepted. Unbeaten Puerto Rican prospects Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo and Jose ‘Wonder Boy’ Lopez are ready for the toughest fights of their respective careers this Saturday August 16 at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum. Verdejo (13-0 10 KO’s) will fight for the first time in a eight round bout when he faces against Chile’s rugged Oscar ‘La Maquina’ Bravo (21-5 9 KO’s) in the main event of the card.
“I hope my opponent is prepared so we can give the fans what they deserve a great fight,” said Verdejo during the final press conference in Puerto Rico. Ricky Márquez Verdejo’s trainer and manager assured ‘El Diamante’ is ready to get another win this Saturday. “Felix has prepared for a war. We are very well prepared,” said Marquez. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Saturdays’ BKB (Big Knockout Boxing) event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center will be reported as boxing results to boxing’s official record keeper FightFax and will be included on the fighters’ official boxing records. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, BKB is classified as professional boxing, albeit with a variation of the traditional boxing rules. The combatants will be using conventional boxing gloves, however they will be boxing in a 17 foot diameter pit with no ropes. Rounds will be two minutes each and bouts will be five or seven rounds. Established boxers Bryan Vera (23-8, 14 KOs) and Gabe Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) meet in the main event. Other notable boxers seeing action will be “King” David Estrada (26-6, 16 KOs) and Carson Jones (35-10-3, 25 KOs) in separate bouts. The card is on pay-per-view.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) could defend his title against fellow Mexican ring legend Jorge “Travieso” Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) on September 20 in Arce’s hometown of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, inside a new 10,000-seat event center bearing Arce’s name. Promoters Fernando Beltrán of Zanfer Promociones and Reginaldo Küchle of Promociones del Pueblo are hoping to officially announce the bout next week. The fight would be broadcast simultaneously on both TV Azteca and Televisa.
Friday’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights will feature an IBF eliminator between lightweight contender Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) and former lightweight title challenger Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 17 KOs). The winner of the 12-round fight will be ranked #1 by the IBF and become the mandatory challenger for IBF lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez. Nugaev has won his last five fights, including a fourth-round TKO over Marvin Quintero on FNF in March. Shafikov is looking to rebound from a 12-round unanimous decision loss to defending titlist Vasquez.
“Shafikov recently fought for the IBF world title but came up short against Miguel Vasquez,” Nugaev said. “That is his only loss, so I know he can fight. He does a lot of things well in the ring, and I’m going to have to be smart when we fight. I feel I have the power to slow him down and get him out of there before the final bell rings. This will be an all-out war and the fans will be pleased with my performance.”
Friday’s show takes place at the Chumash Resort & Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
By Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) looked sharp in a public training session Wednesday in Helsinki, Finland. Th champion was in the country to kickoff the pre-fight build up for his world title defense against unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) on September 20 at the famed Hartwell Arena in Helsinki. This will be the first world championship boxing match held in Finland since 1962.
Welterweight contender Amir Khan says he plans to return in December, naming former world champions Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Devon Alexander “The Great” as possible opponents. “I need a ‘tickover fight’ in December,” Khan told the BBC. “Opponent-wise we have looked at a few names, such as Devon Alexander or Robert Guerrero, but we have not confirmed anything just yet. We have to make sure they are available at the time.” Khan stated that he wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, but those fights were unable to be made.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
OPBF super-lightweight champ Keita Obara (12-1, 11 KOs), 140, registered ten consecutive stoppages in keeping his regional belt by a dramatic one-punch halt of WBO#13 ranked ex-national titlist, southpaw hard-puncher Shinya Iwabuchi (23-5, 19 KOs), 140, at 0:19 of the twelfth and final session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Also, WBA#5/WBO#10 super-fly, unbeaten Sho Ishida (17-0, 9 KOs), 115, finely captured the national 115-pound belt as he outboxed an outpunched IBF#12 ranked defending champ Yohei Tobe (8-2-1, 5 KOs), 115, over ten hard-fought rounds. (more…)
The UFC will debut in the state of Maine for the first time this weekend with a light heavyweight showdown between two top 10 contenders as Ryan Bader takes on upstart Ovince Saint Preux in the five-round main event . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BADER VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, August 16 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more
WBC, WBA & WBO female world welterweight champion Cecilia Brækhus (25-0, 7 KOs) will attempt to make history on September 13 by becoming the first female boxer in any weight category to unify a division by holding all four major titles when she takes on IBF champion Ivana Habazin (13-1, 5 KOs) at TAP1 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Victory in Copenhagen would not only make Brækhus the first female boxer to hold all four titles simultaneously but also just the third boxer in history to have achieved this feat following Bernard Hopkins’ and Jermain Taylor’s middleweight reigns.
Cecilia Brækhus: This is a massive opportunity for me to cement my legacy as the best female boxer of all time.
Ivana Habazin: Cecilia is possibly the greatest female boxer of all time but it is time for her to experience what it feels like to lose.
Kell Brook ready to go through hell to beat Shawn Porter. More
Manny Pacquiao assures the press that boxing is still his No. 1 priority. More
Argentine Olympic boxer Abel Laudionio passes away at the age of 75. More
Jersey City’s Tyrell Wright makes a case as a heavyweight hopeful. More
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian heavyweight Solomon Haumono talks to Fightnews to say he is a student of boxing and issues a challenge to WBO #15 Joseph Parker, WBA #10 Mark de Mori, WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev also WBC #7/IBF #7 Lucas Browne.
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