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Unbeaten KO artist, IBF#2 junior featherweight Jonathan Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) of Dominican Republic arrived in Japan on Monday to face IBF#1 ranked Japanese Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) in Osaka on July 20. The 26-year-old dynamite was accompanied by his trainer Hector Bermudez, who said, “Jonathan has been training strenuously in Boston and is in very good shape.” Guzman predicts a quick knockout victory over Wake, saying, “I’ll go and try to finish Wake from the start.” Guzman participated in a public workout on Wednesday before many local press people at Hiroki Ioka Gym, where he showed good switch-hitting to impress the journalists in Osaka. The sensational Wake-Guzman bout will take place in the semi-windup to the main event of Kazuto Ioka and Nicaraguan Keyvin Lara with the WBA flyweight belt at stake at Edion Arena Osaka on Wednesday next week. Will Guzman be a second Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez?
Photos: By Joe Koizumi
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Former Japanese bantam titlist, currently IBF#8 junior feather Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs), 123.25, proved too sharp and strong for IBF#10 feather Patomsith Pathompothong (15-6, 5 KOs), 123.5, finishing him at 2:17 of the third round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Having been dispatched by Lee Haskins in quest of the vacant IBF interim 118-pound belt in UK, Iwasa moved up to the 122-pound category and thus scored three victories in a row. Iwasa floored the Thailander with a southpaw left in the second and deck him three more times in the fatal third. Patomsith previously came here only to lose a lopsided decision to elongated Hisashi Amagasa who had dropped Gillermo Rigondeaux here on New Year Eve in 2014, though eventually losing on a TKO after the eleventh session.
Photos: Jennifer Halger/DiBella Entertainment/PBC
WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and two-time heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola participated in a media workout Wednesday as they near their world title matchup taking place Saturday on FOX from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The fighters worked out at Round 1 Boxing in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
Deontay Wilder: “When it comes to Deontay Wilder, people look for the knockouts and I deliver. What separates me from other heavyweights is the fashion in which I knock guys out. I don’t just knock you out, I really put you out. Arreola definitely has a style prone to a knockout. He’s a pressure fighter who will come forward all night. That plays to my style. I love pressure fighters who give me a challenge. They keep me moving and thinking. I love the sweet science and the art to it.
Chris Arreola: “Deontay is a very tough opponent so I have to come hard this time. This is my third world title shot and I have to make it count. The first time I was too young, the second time I got caught with a shot, but this time I’ll be ready for anything. Fighting a guy like Wilder, I have to be ready for anything. But he has to be ready too. I’m no slouch. I have fire and he’s another person in my way. I’m here to get it.
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Viktor “The Iceman” Postol hosted a Los Angeles Media Workout at Wild Card Gym Wednesday afternoon in preparation for his highly anticipated unification bout against Omaha’s undefeated fighter Terence “Bud” Crawford to determine the lineal king at 140 pounds on HBO PPV July 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
By Robert Coster
This Saturday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Shuan Boxing Promotions headed by Belgica Pena will hold an attractive card in memory and honor of the late WBA President Gilbert Mendoza Sr. The card will pit Dominican and Venezuelan boxers against each other. The main event will mark the return to ring action of colorful WBA #4 jr Bantamweight contender Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez (23-8-4, 12 KOs) against Venezuelan national champion Renson Robles (6-1, 2 KOs). The other bouts on the card are the following: Alberto Puello (DR) vs Kelly Figueroa (Ven), jr welterweight; Daniel Ramirez (DR) vs Luis Nino (Ven), featherweight; William Encarnacion (DR) vs Jose Luis Graterol (Ven), jr featherweight; Yonmare Medina (DR) vs Denilson Herrera (Ven), lightweight.
Says Promoter Pena, “We wished to honor and celebrate the memory of Gilberto Mendoza Sr., whose life was devoted to the best interests of the sport of boxing and one who always helped Dominican boxing promoters and prizefighters.”
By Karl Freitag
Yesterday, WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol vowed to “destroy” WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford and proclaimed that his last opponent, Lucas Matthysse, “is a higher-level fighter than Crawford.”
Crawford’s response? “As a fighter you’re supposed to feel you’re going to destroy anybody you step in the ring with,” said Crawford. “But I don’t care what he says because come July 23 he’s gonna have to show me what he’s gonna do, he’s not going to be able to just tell me.”
As to Postol’s comment that Matthysse is a better fighter than him, Crawford stated, “Matthysse knew who to fight. He had the option to fight me or Viktor Postol and he felt Postol was the easier fight. That’s why he fought Postol, because he knew if he would have fought Terence Crawford what would have happened!”
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Crawford vs. Postol takes place Saturday, July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
WBC flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) will move up one weight class and challenge undefeated WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27 KO’s) on Saturday, September 10 from the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Presented by K2 Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions, further information on advance tickets sales will be announced shortly.
“I’ve very happy to challenge Carlos Cuadras for a world title in my fourth weight class. It’s an honor to return to fight at the Forum in front of the great Los Angeles fight fans,” said Gonzalez. “Thanks very much to God, K2 Promotions, Mr. Honda and HBO for making this happen.”
Said Cuadras, “I wish to thank HBO, K2 Promotions, Mr. Honda and everyone responsible for making this fight. I am excited to fight in the United States for the first time on HBO and at the legendary Forum in front of the great boxing fans in California. Roman Gonzalez is a great champion and I have a lot of respect for him. I will prepare myself to be in the best condition of my boxing career to defend my WBC belt.” (more…)
Mexican super featherweight Alejandro Valdez (26-7-2, 20 KOs) faces former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz (23-4-1, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The Boxeo Telemundo Ford main event is scheduled for 10 rounds with Cruz’ WBO NABO super featherweight title on the line. The card is being dedicated to victims of the nearby Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
You’ve had just one fight in the last five years. What was the reason for that?
I took a break for family-related reasons and also to finish my studies.
What did you study?
I studied public accounting and now I am working as an insurance agent. (more…)
Undefeated featherweight Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) will take on Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (25-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event on August 12 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Promoted by Kings Promotions, the live ESPN telecast will also include hot unbeaten welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Parella (14-0, 13 KOs) taking on former Olympian Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) and two New York fighters, welterweight Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (5-0, 4 KOs) from the Bronx, NY and super featherweight Abraham “Super” Nova (1-0, 1KO) from Albany, NY.
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (July 14) at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com). Ticket prices are $60 for ringside, with other seats available for $35 and $25.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Andrzej Wasilewski, co-promoter of WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Głowacki (26-0, 16 KOs), has no problem when his fighters want to fight best possible opponents, no matter the risk. Głowacki, who almost year ago won WBO title defeating Marco Huck in a strong fight of the year candidate, has already defended his title abroad versus former champ Steve Cunningham and now will next face highly regarded former amateur world champion and Olympic hero Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs).
Tough? You bet. And now Wasilewski wants to match former IBF/WBC cruiserweight titleholder and IBF #6 rated Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (51-3, 37 KOs) against reigning WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs), even if the fight is in Bellew’s backyard. “When my fighters want the best possible fight, I just say ‘why not?'” said Wasilewski. “Diablo is ready to fight Tony Bellew anywhere – even on his turf in the UK. The WBC champ owes his fans a great fight and Diablo vs. Bellew would deliver. I’d like to make this fight because you can bet that both English supporters and Polish boxing fans living in UK would fill up the arena or stadium – no matter the size. Włodarczyk, who held WBC title between 2010 and 2014 is ready. The only question is if the current champion wants this test!”
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
IBF #1 Joseph Parker (19-0,16 KOs) will return the ring on July 21 at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand against WBA #11 Solomon Haumono (24-2-2,21KO’s) over twelve rounds with WBO Oriental and OPBF titles up for grabs. Parker is totally focused on his bout with Haumono and if successful he will be challenging IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua late in 2016 or early 2017. Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry said. “There’s a chance we could fight him (Joshua) in November. Personally, I don’t think it’s an option they want to take. All I know is whether we fight him in November or March/April next year when that time comes we’ll be ready to step into the ring. When the lights are on that’s when Joseph Parker shines the best. The bigger the fight, the bigger Joe’s game.”
Everyone, including Parker, knows Joshua is the target; the ultimate goal. Everyone expects Parker to duck and weave his way past Haumono’s dangerous right hand and finish the job in style next week. (more…)
IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins will defend his title against Stuart Hall at The O2 in London on September 10. The hotly-anticipated rematch between the bitter rivals sees Haskins defend his title for the second time having landed the belt in spectacular fashion with a sixth round KO of Ryosuke Iwasa in June 2015 and widely outpointing Ivan Morales in his first defence in May.
Hall is out to regain the IBF title he claimed in December 2013 beating Vusi Malinga in Leeds and has revenge on his mind after losing to Haskins in 2012 for the European title.
“September 10 has just become even bigger with this domestic world title grudge match added to the card,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “It’s a real 50-50 clash and with the domestic 118lbs scene really hotting up, it’s a must win for both fighters.” (more…)
Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions
Super welterweight Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (17-2-1, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over late sub Breidis Prescott (29-8, 21 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California. Ghvamichava, rebounding from a KO loss to Sergey Lipinets, dropped Prescott in round four. “The Wolf” put Prescott on the deck again in round seven and got a referee’s stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 2:37.
In a clash of unbeaten super welterweights, Marcos “Madman” Hernandez (8-0, 2 KOs) won a spirited eight round unanimous decision over Thomas T. Hill (6-1, 1 KO). Scores were 79-72, 78-73, 77-74. Hill was docked a point in round seven for a low blow.
Undefeated super middleweight prospect Malcolm McAllister moved to 8-0, 8 KOs after a seventh round TKO over 38-year-old Gilberto Yoruba (7-3, 4 KOs). McAllister punished Yoruba for seven rounds and Yoruba couldn’t come out for round eight.
Eight-division former world champion Manny Pacquiao will reportedly fight again this fall. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the Guardian on Tuesday that he’s been instructed to seek out a site and opponent for Pacquiao, who retired in April and has since been elected to the Senate in his native Philippines.
“He now has given us the go-ahead to shop for a venue and an opponent and see if we can do it on a particular date or dates,” Arum told the Guardian. “We’ve been trying to work out a date that doesn’t interfere with his senatorial responsibilities and his ability to train.”
Miami-based heavyweight Josh “Dempsey” Gormley (22-4, 21 KOs) may be 41 years of age and in the midst of a comeback after a 16 year retirement, but he has proclaimed that he’ll defeat unbeaten WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7 rated Andy Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) in a non-title fight on Saturday at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. They meet in the 10-round main event of Salita Promotions’ latest “Detroit Brawl” event.
“He’s perfect for me,” he said of Ruiz. “I feel like I’m fighting the weakest guy in the top 10. He doesn’t punch hard and I won’t have to look for him. He comes forward a lot and he’s not Floyd Mayweather. I don’t think he can handle my power. Now that I’m older, I hit harder than ever and I’m in great shape. I doubt it’ll last the distance. I’ll get him out of there in about five rounds. Even if he does, I’m in great shape to beat him over the distance.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Roc Nation has plans in the works for the return of four-division former world champion Miguel Cotto later this year. The 35-year-old Cotto has been inactive since his decision loss to Canelo Alvarez last November. “We are hoping to have Miguel back in the ring before the end of the year,” Michael Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy, told reporters during a conference call Tuesday. “We’re working on that now. We’re hopeful to have some kind of an announcement over the next couple of weeks.”
No hints on who Cotto will be fighting, however. “We’re looking at a couple of opponents, but it’s too early to disclose who we’re talking to,” said Yormark. A possible fight with Juan Manuel Marquez has been rumored.
Photos: Alex Menendez
At the one month anniversary, first openly gay world title contender Orlando Cruz visited the Pulse Nightclub Memorial and the victim’s crosses on Tuesday to leave boxing gloves and flowers. Cruz an active leader in the LGBT community was in training camp when the terrorist attack occurred. Due to his commitment with a scheduled televised title fight for July 15th in Kissimmee, Florida he was unable to leave his training camp to attend the vigils and memorials for the victims. Cruz sent out a statement stating that he would dedicate his fight on July 15th in Kissimmee to all affected in the tragedy. Cruz lost 4 friends in the tragedy and looks to pay homage with a win this Friday. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Two-time world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) told reporters Tuesday that he’s focused on his August 6 clash against Colombian Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) and didn’t tune into Monday’s HBO-televised clash between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba.
“No I didn’t watch it,” said Ward. “Obviously, that’s not the next opponent. Obviously, that’s the end game and what we’re trying to get, but I didn’t watch it. I have to compartmentalize what I got to do right now. That’s just kinda how I operate and how I stay focused. I don’t want to juggle two opponents right now. I literally have to focus on one guy and that’s Alexander Brand on August 6. I will not take him lightly. If I’m not successful August 6, there is no fight down the road with me and Kovalev.”
Cuban boxing great Guillermo Rigondeaux came face-to-face with Liverpool’s Jazza Dickens at today’s press conference ahead of their WBA Super-Bantamweight World Title showdown at the Cardiff Ice Arena this Saturday, live and exclusive on BoxNation in the UK.
Guillermo Rigondeaux: “I would like to show my respect and gratitude to Dickens for having the courage to take this fight. Dickens is the only super-bantamweight in the world that has the guts to step in the ring with me. All of the others like to talk and talk but they don’t have the courage to actually fight. They know where to find me; I’m here and I’m ready to face anyone in the world. I’m quicker than Fedex and better than UPS. The Welsh fans are going to get an amazing show. We had an amazing training camp and I’m really excited to be here as I know you guys are massive boxing fans and I really appreciate all of the support. I’m ready to go!”
Jazza Dickens: “I believe it is God’s will for me to take this fight. I’ve been dreaming of a fight like this since I was a little kid and I’m extremely grateful to all those who made this fight possible. We have a good game plan going in there and we’re confident we can cause an upset. I’m the massive underdog. I’d just like to say to all of the youngsters out there, don’t be afraid to chase your dreams and always believe in yourself. I’ve worked for this shot my whole life and I intend on grabbing it with both hands.”
Undefeated Minnesota-based middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant would like to be the contender chosen to face WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders on September 17. Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) announced last week he would be fighting on the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Liam Smith undercard on HBO pay-per-view in the United States, and WBO #9-rated Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) says he thinks he’s the right choice to face him. “I have the utmost respect Billy Joe Saunders as an athlete,” said Brant. “I respect him so much that I would really enjoy giving him a grand welcome to the United States in the middle of the square circle.” Brant’s promoter Greg Cohen says he’s hoping to hear from Saunders’ representatives soon.
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.
How is Crawford different from other boxers and what kind of fight are you expecting?
Viktor Postol: “What differentiates Crawford from many other fighters are his skills and technical attributes. From a mental aspect he is a very clever boxer, always using his mind in the ring, changing stances, all the time adapting to different types of opponents. He has shown this in his previous fights. But that does not mean he is the best I have fought. I think Lucas Matthysse is a higher-level fighter than Crawford and everyone knows how my fight with Matthysse ended, with him knocked out and the WBC belt around my waist. And that is exactly where the WBC belt will remain after my fight with Crawford on July 23. Just above the WBO belt. I am looking forward to destroying Crawford — destroying his perfect record and destroying his reign as world champion.” (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.
Will Postol be the toughest test of your career? Why did you decide to take such a dangerous fight?
Terence Crawford: “On paper you could make a case that Postol will be the toughest man I have faced inside the ring, but I won’t really know that until I fight him on July 23. When I go into camp, I always assume the opponent I’m training for will be my toughest test. It’s the only way I know how to train. I respect any fighter who laces up the gloves and enters the ring to battle with me. I take no opponent for granted and I take nothing in training camp for granted. We are by the book in camp. We skip nothing in gym training or conditioning. It’s a fulltime job. (more…)
Tickets for the blockbuster showdown between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday July 13). Seats are priced between £40 to £500 with VIP tickets available at £1,000. Promoter Eddie Hearn announced the first additions to the undercard yesterday with IBF #1 Charlie Edwards (7-0) challenging Johnriel Casimero for the IBF world flyweight title and unbeaten Conor Benn (son of Nigel Benn) tasting his fourth fight in the paid ranks.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday July 13 at midday to O2 Priority members at www.theO2.co.uk.
Tickets go on sale on Thursday July 14 at midday to Matchroom Fight Pass members from the Fight Pass area at www.matchroomboxing.com and the venue and AXS pre-sale before tickets go on general sale at www.theO2.co.uk.
Tickets go on general sale on Friday July 15 at midday from www.theO2.co.uk.
Kovalev: Chilemba has similar style to Andre Ward…the main aim was to gain experience from this fightAfter successfully defending his world titles against Isaac Chilemba, WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev spoke about the fight. “My promoter and manager chose a fighter that is similar to Andre Ward’s style, so that I will be prepared for the fight with Ward. When they told me that my opponent will be Chilemba because his style is similar to Andre Ward’s style, I was thinking to myself what’s so similar to his style? Their height is different, so at first I didn’t see much, but after the fight I realize that, in fact, he does have similar style to Andre Ward’s: waiting out and counter-attacks, he is not going in much, he waits in defense and waits for the right moment.”
On his preparation for the fight:
“There were obviously some moments during the training with regards to my health, because I got a cold and I didn’t say anything, so the information wouldn’t get to Chilemba, that it might work against me. So myself and my trainer worked hard to overcome this stage and prepared for the fight.” (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
In the last few months, the International amateur boxing association (AIBA), made a revolutionary move to allow established professional fighters to fight at the Olympic Games. At first, many well known stars commented that they could think about it and possibly participate at Rio Olympics. The likes of Amir Khan, Wladimir Klitschko and Manny Pacquiao were positive about the opportunity. For this to happen, the AIBA made some changes in the qualification process, compared to the previous Olympics. They now included a final tournament where the final 26 Olympic quotas were kept available for professional boxers, fighters from APB (AIBA’s professional boxing competition) and WSB (World Series of Boxing).
The professional governing bodies around the world didn’t like AIBA’s initiative. The counter punch came right away with direct threats towards those, who decided to try their luck at the Olympic qualification. The IBF announced that they will put away from rankings the candidates for Olympic glory for a period of one year. The WBC’s ban was even more severe. Each Top 15 fighter who dared to participate in AIBA events, would not get a permission to fight in a world title fight or to be ranked for a period of two years. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman talked to Fightnews.com® to report that he is in New York and getting excellent sparring for his ESPN-televised clash against Sergiy Derevyanchenko on July 21 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
“I arrived in New York last Friday and I’m training at Pop’s gym in New York,” Soliman said. “My chief sparring partner is South African Brian Lara who has a record of 16-1, 14 KOs. He is excellent and is similar in style to Sergiy Derevyanchenko. We’re doing twelve rounds sparring on Tuesday and six rounds Wednesday, then after that I’ll do pad work to keep sharp. My knee has been excellent and giving me no problems so I will be in 100% fight shape at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut on July 21. I want to thank Fightnews and all my fans for their support. Remember the fight will be televised on ESPN. I promise to deliver the goods on fight night!”
Giovanni De Carolis (24-6, 12 KOs) is confident of retaining his WBA World Super Middleweight title on Saturday night when he returns to Germany to face Tyron Zeuge (18-0, 10 KOs) at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.
Having claimed the WBA strap with an eleventh-round TKO win over Vincent Feigenbutz at the Baden-Arena in January, the Italian fighter makes his first defence against another of Germany’s rising super middleweight stars, the undefeated 24 year-old Zeuge. (more…)
WBC’s #1 ranked super lightweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs) will continue to pursue a world championship title as a Golden Boy Promotions fighter, retaining the Los Angeles-based company founded by Oscar De La Hoya as his promoter. Orozco’s multi-year agreement comes ahead of his July 30 fight where he will headline the HBO Latino card against Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (25-5, 19 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
“Since I was a child I always dreamed to be part of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions,” said Antonio Orozco. “This is where I started my career and this is where I would like to finish. I am at my prime, and re-signing with Golden Boy represents the second chapter of my career of become a world champion.”
VADA has reported the results of random testing under the Clean Boxing Program with both Viktor Postol and Terrence Crawford tests being negative.
WBC supervisor Dr Lorenzo Soberanes has also announced that in the in-competition antidoping test done after the fight between champion Ganigan Lopez and mandatory challenger Jonathan Taconing, both tested negative.
Testing for the WBC Heavyweight fight between Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola is currently being conducted by the CBP via VADA .
The WBC requires mandatory enrollment of all fighters ranked within the first 15 by August 9.
Breidis Prescott 147 vs. Levan Ghvamichava 148
Malcolm Mcallister 160 vs. Gilberto Pereira 160
Thomas Hill 153.8 vs. Marcos Hernandez 153.2
Manny Robles, Jr. 126.8 vs. Claudio Rosendo Tapia 126.6
Brian Castano 154 vs. Marcus Upshaw 153.2
Venue: Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino. Nice, California
Promoter: TGB Promotions
At the one month anniversary first openly gay world title contender boxer Orlando Cruz will visit Pulse night club memorial and the victim’s crosses on Tuesday, July 12th at 12pm to leave boxing gloves and flowers. Cruz an active leader in the LGBT community was in training camp when the terrorist attack occurred. Due to his commitment with a scheduled televised title fight for July 15th in Kissimmee, Florida he was unable to leave his training camp to attend the vigils and memorials for the victims. Cruz sent out a statement stating that he would dedicate his fight on July 15th in Kissimmee to all affected in the tragedy. Cruz lost 4 friends in the tragedy and looks to pay homage with a win this Friday.
When: Tuesday, July 15th 2016
Where: Pulse Night Club Memorial, 1912 South Orange Ave, Orlando, Fla 32806
Narrated by Liev Schreiber, HBO Sports Presents “Terence Crawford: My Fight,” an in-depth look at the undefeated junior welterweight champion, is now available to view in its entirety:
There are only 12 days remaining before Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol collide in their 12-round world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140 pound division. The battle between Top-10 pound for pound gladiators will take place Saturday, July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Following Saturday’s boxing telecast on FOX from Birmingham, Alabama, FS1 will continue the ring action with three more bouts. Former world champion Vic Darchinyan (42-8-1, 31 KOs) collides with Enrique Quevedo (16-7-1, 10 KOs) in a ten round super bantamweight bout, undefeated heavyweight Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (17-0-1, 11 KOs) faces TBA in a ten round affair. And, as previously announced, unbeaten welterweight Jamal James (19-0, 9 KOs) meets Wale Omotoso (26-2, 21 KOs) in a third scheduled ten.
The FOX telecast will include WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defending his belt against Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, undefeated welterweight contender Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez Jr. against Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz, and unbeaten rising super welterweight Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (15-0, 11 KOs) vs. Ivan Montero (20-1, 8 KOs).
Photos: Alexandr Safonov/Championat.com
WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) defended his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) on Monday night at the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Kovalev pressed the action, while Chilemba looked to frustrate and avoid exchanges. Difficult fight for the champion until late in round seven, when Kovalev dropped Chilemba with a crushing right hand. Chilemba survived the round. Kovalev rocked Chilemba again in round eight. The pace then slowed down for the next several rounds, but Kovalev closed the show by punishing Chilemba in the last round. Scores were 117-110, 116-111, 118-109. Chilemba fought without trainer Buddy McGirt, who had visa problems. His corner was run by his manager Jodi Solomon, who is also one of the few female trainers.
Next up for Kovalev is likely a November showdown with Andre Ward, who must have been pleased with what he saw. Ward has a bout against Alexander Brand scheduled for August 6 in Oakland.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten 19-year-old son of ex-WBC bantam titlist, Juiki Tatsuyoshi (5-0, 3 KOs), 121, proved too powerful and pugnacious—if not technical—in dropping Indonesian #5 bantam Rio Nainggolan (6-3, 2 KOs), 121.5, three times en route to a fine stoppage at 2:11 of the third round in a scheduled six on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Juiki, the son of three-time WBC 118-pound champ Joichiro, exclusively battered the game Indonesian at the side of the belly and sent him to the deck on three occasions in the fatal session. Papa Tatsuyoshi criticized his son’s performance, saying “Juiki must learn punching in combination more rather than throwing only many punches.” Joichiro kept talking before our press people and described him as still amateurish. But Juiki replied, “Always my father’s advice is too long and persistent. I understood it, and I’ll show my improvement next time.” His son seems a good counterpuncher.
Promoter: Osaka Teiken Promotions.
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