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By Bill Green
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
It’s all too rare in the sport of boxing to see the number one and number two fighters in a division face one another, especially while risking unbeaten records. But, on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, we’ll witness exactly such a confrontation. WBO jr welterweight champion and Pride of Omaha Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) faces Freddie Roach-trained, WBC super lightweight champion Victor “The Iceman” Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) from Ukraine in a highly anticipated unification showdown on HBO PPV.
Fightnews.com® has been covering Terence “Bud” Crawford since his fifth professional fight and we sat down with him Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas before he left for his nightly conditioning workout. (more…)
The much awaited confrontation between two of the best fighters in the lower weight divisions of boxing, longest-reigning Filipino world champion and current WBO World Jr. Flyweight king Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Unified WBO/WBA Flyweight champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada is being delayed until next year.
According to ALA Promotions International President/CEO Michael Aldeguer, Zanfer (Estrada’s promoter) has informed them that they received a WBA Mandatory letter for Estrada to fight current WBA World Flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka, forcing to push back the Nietes-Estrada super fight.
Aldeguer added that the negotiations for this fight would definitely be carried on the next months towards its realization.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten KO artist Jonathan Guzman (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs), 121, from Dominican Republic, acquired the vacant IBF junior featherweight belt as he displayed superior power in dropping IBF#1 Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12 KOs), 121.75, four times and dominated the lopsided contest before the referee’s well-received halt at 2:16 of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. It’s a Guzman night since he took the initiative from the outset, floored Wake twice in the second, bloodied his cheek, decked him again in the third and floored the gory contestant in round five. Wake had the right cheek badly swollen and almost closed as the game progressed. Wake, a 5’9” southpaw, showed his retaliation in the seventh, but Guzman still maintained his pace in controlling the gory affair. Finally did the third man Wayne Hedgpeth (US) declare a halt to save the loser from further punishment. (more…)
By Jason Marchetti
Photos: Emily Harney
Sergiy Derevyanchenko (9-0, 7 KOs) dropped Sam Soliman (44-14, 18 KOs) once in the 1st round and twice in the 2nd round en route to a TKO in an IBF middleweight title eliminator. The fight was televised on ESPN as part of the Premier Boxing Champions broadcast, promoted by DiBella Entertainent.
Soliman got caught several times in the 1st round and tied up Derevyanchenko, but he couldn’t escaped the perfectly timed 1-2 punch when bouncing off the ropes and hit the canvas.
Derevyanchenko showed power on several punches throughout the fight, sending Soliman across the ring off balance and “slipping” on the canvas several times. In the second, Soliman hit the canvas once from a quick exchange in the corner and the other was from a vicious right-left combination that sent Soliman through the ropes. Soliman was waved off immediately as he laid on the canvas for several minutes after the bout was over.
In a thrillingly, dominating performance, Ievgen Khytrov (14-0, 12 KOs) TKO’d Paul Mendez (19-3-2, 9 KOs) in the 9th round in a bout at middleweight. Mendez showed toughness by never hitting the canvas, but the round-by-round onslaught by the Ukrainian-native was too overwhelming for referee Joey Lupino to let it continue. (more…)
Photos: Rosie Cohe / Showtime
All eight fighters participating in the milestone ShoBox: The New Generation 15-year anniversary telecast weighed-in on Thursday at Foxwoods Resort Casino ahead of tomorrow’s quadrupleheader, live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Adam Lopez 121 vs. Roman Reynoso 121
Jerry Odom 168 vs. Julius Jackson 168
O’Shaquie Foster 134 vs. Rolando Chinea 134
Khiary Gray 155 vs. Ian Green 157
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Fighters featured on Saturday’s Crawford-Postol HBO-PPV undercard has their moment in the Fight Week spotlight at the undercard press conference on Thursday in Las Vegas.
In the co-feature, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated WBO #1 featherweight contender Oscar Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs) battles undefeated #2 rated Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.
Oscar Valdez: “Ever since I was a little kid I dreamed of fighting for the WBO, trying to get the belt. And right now I’m very close to achieving [that dream]. I’m very excited for this. I train hard for all my fights, but for this one I trained extra hard because it’s for a world title. I’ve got nothing but respect for Matias Rueda. Like he said, inside the ring we’re gonna try and knock each other’s heads off…I’m going to do whatever I have to do to bring that belt back to Mexico.”
Matias Rueda: I’m ready. I come from Argentina with a great team to give a great fight on Saturday against Oscar Valdez. We came here to win. There’s no doubt about that. We did a lot of kilometers, a lot of rounds to come here to win and I’m going to show the world the next Argentinean superstar. I respect Oscar Valdez a lot, but after the first bell the respect is going to be gone and I’m here to win. (more…)
Cruiserweight Ovill “The Upsetter” McKenzie (25-12-1, 13 KOs) will challenge Germany’s Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) for the IBO title at the Festhalle in Frankfurt on September 24th. It is a big return for McKenzie, who was forced to withdraw from his challenge for the vacant European cruiserweight championship against Dymtro Kucher last month through injury. McKenzie narrowly missed out on claiming a world title when he pushed former IBF ruler Emilio Ramirez to a controversial draw in Argentina last October. Now the former British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight title holder is looking to propel himself back on to the world stage.
“I am traveling to Frankfurt to give a great performance,” said McKenzie. “I don’t want the people to look at my record and write me off immediately or that it will be a walk in the park for Huck. I am in great shape. I will take Marco’s belt off him and bring it back to England. I will give the performance of my life. I am a real fighter, a warrior. I am 36 now, but I honestly feel like I’m 20. I am in amazing shape.”
By Bill Dwyre
Wednesday was yet another day of boxing fun and folly. There may be more colorful sports on the day of the actual competition. But there is none better than boxing during the run-up. These guys could make a turtle race sound like a Super Bowl.
Some of it was legitimate, even charming.
Viktor Postol of Ukraine, who will fight Terence Crawford of Omaha for the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC)140-pound title here Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, greeted reporters with the news that he was a new father, as of Tuesday.
“Twin boys,” he said, beaming.
Then, in the middle of the media session, his phone rang and soon everybody was looking, via Facetime, at a weary and smiling mom. There was Olga Postol, telling her husband from Ukraine, that the anesthesia was just starting to wear off. (more…)
Following their epic 2016 “Fight of the Year” candidate fight this past April 15, at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai, (26-3-2, 23 KO’s)and Jesus “Renuente” Soto-Karass, (28-10-4, 18 KO’s), will meet in the ring once again on Saturday, September 10 for a highly anticipated rematch from the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. The bout will be televised live on HBO.
The rematch between Yoshihiro Kamegai and Jesus Soto-Karass is a super welterweight clash scheduled to go 10 rounds, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken Promotions, and will serve as the co-main televised event on HBO World Championship Boxing telecast prior to the world championship fight between undefeated fighters WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0-0, 38 KO’s) and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KO’s).
Tickets for this outstanding evening of professional boxing priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 will go on sale Friday, July 22 at 12:00 p.m. PT through Ticketmaster and the Forum Box Office.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KOs), 112, impressively retained his belt when he had a tough time with young Nicaraguan Keyvin Lara (18-2-1, 6 KO), 112, in earlier rounds but took back the initiative and finally dropped him twice en route to a fine knockout at 1:11 of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.
Despite an eventual triumph of the defending champ Ioka, it wasn’t an easy defense at all since Lara, still 21, was a much better challenger than people expected and called it a mismatch. Lara, a non-stop puncher from the start, was apparently leading on points after the fourth: Glen Feldman (US) 40-36, Jan Christensen (Denmark) 39-37, both for the Nicaraguan youngster, and only Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) 39-37 for Ioka.
“Ioka may lose tonight as Lara is going to win this game,” some ringsiders were worried about the outcome. From the fifth on, however, Ioka changed his strategy into battering Lara’s side of the midsection and following with combos to the face even though Lara kept punching incessantly. Ioka looked more effective with body shots and counters to the face to the game and gallant challenger who still kept punching but whose precision was declining with Ioka’s good reflexes. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Unbeaten IBF #1, WBO #1, WBC #4 and WBA #8 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over WBA #11 Solomon Haumono (24-3-2, 21 KOs) on Thursday night at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand. Both fighters came out looking to land big shots, with Parker having the edge for the first three rounds. Parker dropped the 40-year-old Haumono with a right uppercut in round four and referee Bruce McTavish reached the count of ten just as Haumono regained his feet. Time was 1:35.
Middleweight Kris George (11-1, 6 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Bowyn Morgan (7-1, 4 KOs) in round three. A left hook dropped Morgan to end it.
Unbeaten heavyweight Izuagbe Ugonoh (16-0, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Ricardo Humberto Ramirez (13-2, 10 KOs). Ugonoh dropped Ramirez in round two and finished him in round four with bodyshots.
Heavyweight David “Brown Buttabean” Letele (12-3, 6 KOs) scored a sloppy fourth round TKO over JJ Smith (1-1, 1 KO).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
London 2012 Olympian Jai Opetaia (4-0,1 KO) will clash Kyle Brumby (4-10-3) over eight rounds in the main event at the Mediterranean House at Five Dock, NSW, Australia on Friday. In Opetaia’s most recent contest, he travelled to Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico in April and outscored Orlando Vazquez in a cruiserweight bout. As a sixteen year old, Opetaia represented Australia in the heavyweight division at the 2012 London Olympics but lost 11-12 to Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan. Three time world champion and Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech guides the career of the 21-year-old southpaw Opetaia.
By Ognian Georgiev
Fightnews.com® recently published a series of articles regarding the controversial and seemingly suspect officiating in the recent Olympic Qualification in Vargas, Venezuela (July 3-8). The AIBA has issued a statement in response.
Here is the text of the AIBA statement:
AIBA has taken note of the series of articles published by Mr Georgiev in Fightnews.com® and wishes to respond to some of the points raised and clarify some of the claims made. Indeed, the reduction of the R&J community as referred to in your story does not reflect the reality. AIBA has more than 1500 registered AIBA certified referees and judges ranging from 1 star to 5 star certification. In general 1 and 2 star R&J’s are appointed at national level and around 300 3 star and above are used yearly at elite competitions on a regular basis. This certification process, within which each R&J evolves, ensures that all our R&Js have the highest levels of officiating and are in optimal situation to perform accordingly. In addition, R&J’s have systematic debriefings of their bouts, are continuously evaluated and have access to numerous seminars throughout the year. (more…)
By Bill Dwyre
As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, Oscar Valdez knew he was fighting Saturday night in the co-main event of the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol boxing card. What he didn’t know was exactly what he was fighting for, other than a nice paycheck and another step forward in his career.
His was the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight (126 pounds) title fight that maybe wasn’t going to be a title fight. And maybe it was. With three days to go before the event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was a hint of Abbott and Costello and “Who’s on First.”
Valdez will fight Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda immediately before Crawford and Postol vie for the 140-pound WBO and World Boxing Council (WBC) title unification belts, and advance publicity material had listed the Valdez-Rueda bout as a title fight. Except one thing stood in the way.
Vasyl Lomachenko. (more…)
The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has ordered negotiations to commence between WBA “super” light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) to continuing their policy of reducing titles that the organization began earlier this year. According to WBA rules, the champion must make a mandatory fight every 18 months and that period expired on May 7.
Kovalev won his black-gold belt in November 2014, when he won a unanimous decision against ring legend Bernard Hopkins and has defended his crown successfully four times. Braehmer won his version of the belt in 2013 and has exhibited his belt six times.
Both parties have been informed of the decision issued by the WBA World Championships Committee and have 30 days to negotiate. If no agreement is reached, the fight will go to a purse bid.
Photos: Ed Diller – DiBella Entertainment/Premier Boxing Champions
Sergiy Derevyanchenko 159 vs. Sam Soliman 159
(IBF middleweight eliminator)
Ievgen Khytrov 159 vs. Paul Mendez 160
Ivan Golub 149 vs. Ernesto Ortiz 148
Shelly Vincent 126 vs. Christina Ruiz 123
Mykquan Williams 142 vs. Isaac Johnson 143
Alantez Fox 162 vs. Paul Valenzuela, Jr. 163
Christopher Davis-Fogg 158 vs. Jeff Anderson 158
Venue: Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Undefeated junior welterweight champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol faced off at the final news conference for their WBO/WBC world title unification fight on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted the proceedings.
Viktor Postol: Hopefully this is going to be an exciting fight. I’ll do everything I can for that.
Terence Crawford: I had a great camp, nice sparring, nice everything, went well on weight, I’m just ready to go out there and display my talent. A lot people aren’t giving me enough credit to the point where everybody’s talking about Postol’s jab. Well we’re gonna see who’s got the better jab come Saturday. Everybody stay tuned. It’s gonna be a great fight.
Bob Arum: This fight I think is the best fight certainly that’s been offered to date [in 2016] to fight fans. It matches two terrific young fighters, each a champion, each with the same record, 28 wins and no defeats, each holding a belt from their respective organizations. It has everything that great fights have had for all the years I’ve been associated with boxing. I’ve been in boxing for over 50 years, and I’ve been associated with great, great fights. This fight, to me, is up there with any of the fights that I’ve promoted. I remember a number of years ago down in Florida at the Orange Bowl I promoted a great, great 140lb championship fight between Aaron Pryor and the late, great Alexis Arguello. And that was a fight for the ages. Look it up. Watch it. One of the great, great fights you’d ever want to see. And I really believe that this fight will be the equal of that unbelievable fight so many years ago, I guess it was in 1981. I really am looking forward to a tremendous fight here on Saturday. photos
Three eight round heavyweight clashes will highlight the ten bout Pro-Am card presented by Revolution Boxing Promotions on July 29th at the Wheeling Island Casino Racetrack in Wheeling, West Virginia. Former NABF Junior champ, 6’7 250 pound Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (14-4-1, 11 KOs) battles former U.S. Olympian Devin Vargas (18-4, 7 KOs), while former NABA-US champ Jason Bergman (25-12-2, 16 KOs) tangles with Arthur Saribekian (23-11-1, 18 KOs). In the main event, undefeated Travis Clark (9-0, 7 KOs) defends his West Virginia State heavyweight strap versus Keith “No Holds” Barr (17-9-1, 7 KOs). (more…)
Watch LIVE! Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol final press conference. Crawford vs. Postol happens Saturday, July 23 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT.
Photos: Steven Paston – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
WBO super welterweight champion Liam Smith came face-to-face with challenger Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for a second time at today’s London stop on the two-city Canelo vs. Smith international press tour. ‘Beefy’ puts it all on the line against Alvarez at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on September 17th.
Smith lashed out at those in the US media who have labelled him as a “paper champion,” saying the American press weren’t in a position to comment as he’s never fought Stateside before.
“They’ll know in September that they shouldn’t be calling me a paper champion,” proclaimed Smith. “I haven’t fought out there just yet, but they’ll know why [it’s wrong to call me a paper champion] when I do. I’m going in there to stop Canelo. If I don’t stop him, it won’t be for the lack of trying.”
Alvarez, insisted he will not be underestimating Smith, despite heading into September’s mega-fight as the bookies’ clear favorite (currently 12:1).
“What can I say? Liam Smith is a great champion,” said Canelo. “He’s very strong and he’s very hungry. We’re going to prepare like never before, knowing what we know about Liam Smith. I can assure you this: we’re going to give the fans what they want to see.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten KO artist Jonathan Guzman (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs), 121, from Dominican Republic, acquired the vacant IBF junior featherweight belt as he displayed superior power in dropping IBF#1 Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12 KOs), 121.75, four times and dominated the lopsided contest before the referee’s well-received halt at 2:16 of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. It’s a Guzman night since he took the initiative from the outset, floored Wake twice in the second, bloodied his cheek, decked him again in the third and floored the gory contestant in round five. Wake had the right cheek badly swollen and almost closed as the game progressed. Wake, a 5’9″ southpaw, showed his retaliation in the seventh, but Guzman still maintained his pace in controlling the gory affair. Finally did the third man Wayne Hedgpeth (US) declare a halt to save the loser from further punishment.
Photos: Team SES/P. Gercke
WBO #1 and WBA #7 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs), closing in on a world title shot, will return September 17 against an opponent to be named at the Stadthalle in Weissenfels, Germany. Boesel will be defending his WBO and WBA Intercontinental belts. In the co-feature, German welterweight champion Felix Lamm (12-1-1, 5 KOs) will see action. The card was announced this week at a kickoff press conference.
Dominic Boesel: “In the last three years I have matured and grown as a boxer. Boxing again in the vicinity of my hometown Freyburg is great because my fan base has grown enormously in the past three years. Anyone can come who wants to. I’ll take on anyone! I hope soon to get a world title shot!”
SES Trainer Dirk Dzemski: “Dominic has undergone the development that we expected from him. He has enormously increased his physical strength and his technically high-class boxing has expanded! Now we all hope that the biggest challenge, the world title shot, won’t be long in coming!”
Photo: Rosie Cohe/Showtime
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) participated in an Open Media Workout Tuesday at Mendez Boxing in Manhattan, NY. Miller, who fights out of Brooklyn, will be featured in the ten-round main event on a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on August 19 from the outdoor soccer venue at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY.
Although has yet to face a world class opponent, the 6’4, 270-pound, 28-year-old Miller is currently rated WBO #8, IBF #9 and WBA #9. His August 19 foe Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs), 0-3-1 in his last four, represents a major step up in competition. However, if the brash, trash-talking Miller can continue to deliver in the ring, his bombastic personality could make him a major star.
On Deontay Wilder…
“Wilder is a wild man when he gets in that ring, but at the same time if you watch how he performs, he performs at a mediocre level against mediocre fighters. If you stick him to a world professional athlete, like myself or top guys, you’ll see him bring even more. Not saying he hasn’t been in the ring with A+ fighters yet, but you can see all his loopholes in his fighting style. It’s just a matter of time before he gets really exposed and I hope it is with me because I want that behind. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
As Carl Frampton renounced the IBF 122-pound belt, the vacant throne will be disputed by #1 Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) and #2 Jonathan Guzman (21-0-1NC, 21 KOs) today (Wednesday) in Osaka, Japan. The 5’9” Japanese southpaw Wake acquired the IBF top rank by defeating also world-rated Mike Tawatchai in June of the previous year, but was forced to wait for his turn to fight for the world belt after the Frampton-Quigg unification bout this February. During Wake’s long wait Guzman, of Dominican Republic, gained his right by stopping #14 Daniel Rosas after eight rounds in New Jersey in an eliminator to decide the IBF#2 contender last April. The Wake-Guzman bout will be a competitive encounter between the southpaw counterpuncher and the orthodox hard-puncher though we look forward to watching a quick finish.
The IBF officials are as follows: referee Wayne Hedgpeth (US); judges Jonathan Davis (Philippines), Luigi Zaccardi (Italy), Tony Marretta (Australia); supervisor Anibal Miramontes (US).
Wake tipped the beam at 121.75 pounds, while Guzman 121—both under the 122-pound class limit. At the second weigh-in of this morning, Wake scaled in at 126.75 to 130 for Guzman—under the IBF’s regulation of ten pounds over the class limit, that is, 132 pounds. (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Undefeated junior welterweight champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “the Iceman” Viktor Postol who collide Saturday in a 12-round world title unification fight on HBO-PPV, plus Óscar Valdez, Jose Benavidez, Jr., Francisco Santana, Ryota Murata and Oleksandr Gvozdyk took part in media workouts on Tuesday at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.
Four-division world champion Adrien Broner is back behind bars in Cincinnati — after the judge threw the book at the boxer for arriving to court more than 3 HOURS late. Broner was due in court to deal with allegations he beat up a man outside of a bowling alley back in January. The case was expected to be dismissed today … had Broner arrived to court on time.
But when he got there, the judge was irrate — and ordered him into custody immediately. The judge then ordered Broner to serve 30 days in jail for contempt of court. Broner told the court that he thought someone had put something in his drink on Monday night — which caused him to be late. The judge said Broner appeared to be drunk or hungover. He’s due back in court on August 17th … when he gets out of jail.
Former world champion Israel Vazquez says he has lost all sight in his right eye and has plans to have it replaced with an ocular prosthesis (glass eye).
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects the September 17 Canelo Alvarez vs. Beefy Smith clash to shatter the attendance record for boxing at the Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium. The record is 45,000. The place can hold 100,000. Jones says he’ll make his money off selling popcorn.
Greg Cohen Promotions has signed IBO featherweight champion Lusanda Komanisi (19-4, 17 KOs) of South Africa.
Super lightweight Bahodir Mamadjanov (19-2, 11 KOs), from Uzbekistan, has signed on with promoter Dmitriy Salita, who is now promoting out of Detroit.
Former three division world boxing champion Abner Mares and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe were among those honored by The Shadow League at their third annual Leadership award dinner at the L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills, CA on July 12.
Golden Gloves Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions have announced the signing of WBA #2 lightweight Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni (21-0, 11 KOs) to a co-promotional contract. He is also IBO lightweight champ.
Henry Rivalta/Pro Box Management has signed 17-year-old amateur phenom Logan Yoon, who’ll compete in the lightweight division as a professional.
Amateur super middleweight Jake Haigh has signed a long-term deal with Hatton Promotions and will make his professional debut in the fall.
Banner Promotions has re-signed former world title challenger and 2014 Boxcino winner Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) to an exclusive promotional agreement.
Officials for Saturday’s two world title fights in Las Vegas are as follows:
In the WBO/WBC jr welterweight unification clash between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol, the referee is Tony Weeks (Nevada). Judges are Don Trella (Connecticut), Guido Cavalleri (Italy) and Dave Moretti (Nevada). The WBO supervisor is WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. The WBC supervisor is Chuck Williams.
In the bout between Oscar Valdez and Matias Ruedas for the vacant WBO featherweight title, the referee is Russell Mora (Nevada). Judges are Steve Weisfeld (New Jersey), Burt Clements (Nevada) and Robert Hoyle (Nevada). WBO supervisor is John Duggan.
Undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) is set to take on once-beaten contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight world title eliminator that headlines on NBC Sunday, August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn. It will be the second consecutive fight in Brooklyn for the Dallas-based Spence. The action on NBC airs following coverage of the Olympic Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game. The 2012 U.S. Olympian Spence Jr. will look to move one step closer to becoming the second member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team to win a world title after Rau’shee Warren won a bantamweight championship in June. Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by Brooklyn Boxing, start at $35. Presale tickets are available now with public on-sale beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m.
In its continued desire to reduce the number of champions, the WBA Championships Committee has ordered WBA Super World super bantamweight Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), the cagey southpaw from Miami by way of Santiago de Cuba, and WBA World interim super bantamweight champion Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs), from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to begin negotiations to unify the titles. WBA rules entitle the WBA President and the Championships Committee to define, at their discretion, a mandatory period. Rigondeaux’s Super Championship status was conditioned to an 18-month mandatory defense period. Since this period is past due his next opponent must be the certified official contender Moises Flores.
Pursuant to WBA rule C.13 — Bout Limitations — the champion may not fight a boxer who is not the official challenger within sixty (60) days of the expiration of the mandatory defense period. Based on the above mentioned facts, on behalf of the championship committee, we hereby order a mandatory negotiation period at thirty (30) days beginning on July 18th, 2016 and will close at the end of the business day (- 5GMT) on August 17th, 2016.
If an agreement cannot be reached, or if any of the parties expresses unwillingness to negotiate, the Championships Committee may call a purse bid.
Former WBC world light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) has pulled out from his July 29 fight against WBC #1 rated Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) due to a shoulder injury. Promoter Yvon Michel is looking for a replacement. The main event on the card at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City is still intact featuring current WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) against challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (20-1, 14 KOs). The show will be televised on Spike TV.
By Bill Dwyre
To borrow from a sports cliché, life is a game of inches.
In the case of Terence Crawford, who currently stands on the horizon of boxing fame, his existence is a result of winning a game of millimeters. Think of it as survival by the margin of the tip of your fingernail.
It was a September night in 2008 in Omaha, Neb., where Crawford lives. He was about to turn 21. Life was good. He had just won his fourth fight as a pro a month earlier. It was at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City. Not exactly Madison Square Garden or the MGM in Las Vegas, but you have to start somewhere when you have your eyes on world titles and big stages in the 140-pound division. In a couple of weeks, he would fight on ESPN. Hundreds already knew who he was; now thousands, maybe millions would.
He should have been training that night. He admits that now. But when you are 21 and come from the hard streets of Omaha, or any other sizable city, you hang out with your boys.
So there he was, shooting dice under a street light. And winning.
The game went on, but Crawford saw a good exit moment. Take the money and run. It was the smart thing. The thing that turned out not to be smart was counting it first. (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.
Describe your relationship with Freddie Roach. How much has Freddie Roach helped you?
Viktor Postol: “When I first met Freddie Roach in his gym in Hollywood I saw a man who was fully committed to his job. I saw that this was the job of his entire life. He lived in and lived for boxing. No matter how many people are in the gym training, Freddie always finds time for everyone to give advice and correct something for somebody. The same was in my case as he always put his heart and soul into my training as a boxer and anyone can see the result of our working together. Freddie has always believed in me and given me his full and undivided attention, even in our first training camp in the Philippines where Manny was training for his fight against Chris Algieri. He allowed me to spar with Manny and when it was my time to train after Manny had left the gym, he gave me 110% of his attention. It has always been that way. He gives me confidence and teaches me many things. He is a wonderful teacher and I am lucky to be his student. He has had me work a lot on the small things because details are important. That has turned me into a stronger professional fighter. We are a great team.” (more…)
Here’s an update from WBO junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” 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.
Discuss the pressure on being seen as one of the NEW faces in boxing.
Terence Crawford: “There is no pressure on me being looked at as boxing’s next superstar, but there is a lot of hard work in becoming one. I’m really excited to be on the big stage and I’m on that big stage because I paid my dues in the gym and in the ring. That’s the reason I have accomplished so much as a fighter — pride of performance — and that’s why I am going to win on July 23. If I’m going to solidify my position as the new face of boxing it starts by unifying the 140 pound division. I’ve been fighting people taller than me and larger than me all my life. I’ve been short for 28 years and I haven’t been stopped yet. Postol is nothing to me. He’s just another guy that I’m fighting. I’m not training for Postol, I’m training for myself — to be the best I can possibly be. I do that, then no one can beat me. I’m confident in my abilities and I am confident that I am going to destroy Postol.” (more…)
Report/Photos: Socrates Bustamonte
Belfast met a slice of Irish America in New York City Monday. International Boxing Hall of Famer and former featherweight champ Barry McGuigan and his protégé, Ireland’s unbeaten sensation Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs), were at Annie Moore’s NYC in midtown Manhattan with all the settings of a classic pub across the pond. The duo continued the hoopla for Frampton’s challenge of featherweight champ Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night, July 30, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Since arriving on America shores on the Fourth of July, it has been a whirlwind – fireworks so to speak – for the manager McGuigan, his son Shane who trains Frampton, and the former IBF/WBA junior featherweight, who gave up the belts to impose his will on featherweight title-holder Santa Cruz for the same belt that his manager held 30 years ago.
A Gleason’s Gym welcome by Brooklyn’s own Paulie Malignaggi began the foray on July 7, and a proclamation presented by Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino continued the hype on July 12 at Frampton’s training headquarters, Champs Boxing Gym in New Rochelle. (more…)