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Main Events announced today that they have signed an exclusive promotional contract with South African light heavyweight Isaac Chilemba, 20-2-2, 9 KOs. The 26 year old Chilemba was born in Malawi and has fought the majority of his bouts in South Africa. Nicknamed “Golden Boy”, Chilemba turned professional in 2005, and won several African titles during his eight years in the ring as a 168 and 175 pounder. Chilemba’s collection of championships include the African Boxing Union super middleweight title, the WBO Africa light heavyweight title, African Boxing Union light heavyweight title, WBC International light heavyweight title, the IBO super middleweight title, and the WBC International light heavyweight title. (more…)
WBA-appointed Klitschko-Povetkin judge Ted Gimza has been given special permission by the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Illinois, to leave the USA to work the WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight championship fight on October 5 in Moscow, Russia. Gimza, who in a plea bargain pled guilty to a felony weapons charge on July 29th (Lake County Case Number: 12CF382) is serving a two-year probation which includes 24/7 electronic home monitoring, a.k.a. “ankle bracelet” for a period of 160 days which extends well past the fight date. According to Keith S. Brin, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County, Gimza has been granted the right to leave the country between October 1 and October 7 for employment purposes and is released from electronic home monitoring during the above time periods. The WBA is aware of Gimza’s legal situation and both camps have signed off on him working the fight.
John Hays 154 vs Moises Alvizo 150.5
Steven Stryker 160 vs Kory Kelly 165.
Dwain Victorian 138.8 vs Juan Zuniga 140
Andre Walker 187 vs Paul Gemmati 185
Lisa Mauldin 132 vs Theresa Crowley 134.5
Justin Davenport 264 vs Matt McKinney 239
Fabian Gonzalez 141 vs Issac Velasco 137.6
Venue: The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Doors at 6:30pm, first bout at 7:30pm
Tickets at www.fightcluboc.com
By Kurt Freitag
Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto demonstrates his current form with new trainer Freddie Roach during a workout in the very hot Don Miguel Boxing Gym in Orlando, Florida. Cotto faces two-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez in an HBO-televised 12-round super welterweight battle on Saturday at the Amway Center in Orlando.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley has expressed confidence in not only defeating Anthony Mundine, but that it will be by knockout when the two former world champs clash at the Sydney Entertainment Center on October 23. Mosley also rejects the claims that he is a washed up boxer who should not be fighting. “Anyone who says I’m shot, they have no idea what’s going on,” Mosley said. “I speak regularly with a whole number of doctors, specialists, all these medical experts who insist my brain is fine. That I’m in better shape than a lot of guys in their 20s.” (more…)
The short story: a guy from Indiana in his mid-20’s with a background in wrestling walks into Chris “Lights Out” Lytle’s gym, and six years later he’s making his UFC debut in Brazil as an undefeated lightweight with seven of his eight wins ending before the final bell . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Unbeaten world ranked middleweight Alex “El Principe” Theran (15-0, 9 KOs) returns to his native Barranquila in the main event versus Javier Carrerra (13-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico on November 15th. The site will be the Coliseo Elias Chegwin in Barranquilla, Colombia and the bout is scheduled for 12 rounds. The middleweight WBC and WBA Latino titles will be in play. The 22-year-old Theran has quietly earned his way into the world rankings and currently stand at #13 with the WBA at middleweight. Theran’s promoter Juan Carlos Devia (Pro Box del Caribe), who discovered the talented Theran as an amateur, will promote the event. In the amateurs, Theran defeated Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao, the 2012 Olympic medalist who recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions. The co-feature will pit Colombian Luis Flores (14 1, 12 KOs) against Alfonso Perez (8-3, 6 KOs) of Venezuela in a 10 round lightweight bout. Win Sports will televise.
Photo: Felipe Leon
California Hall of Fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his company Bobby D Presents recently inked rising female Tijuana prospect Kenia Enriquez to an exclusive promotional agreement. The undefeated Enriquez (7-0, 4 KOs) is considered the best female fighter out of Tijuana since the “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava. With Nava recently taking on the challenge of motherhood head on, many see the nineteen-year-old Kenia as the next female superstar of the region.
With over 80 amateur fights and a bronze medal in the Mexican Nationals in her last year as an amateur in 2011, Enriquez is known for her fan-friendly boxer/puncher style and killer instinct. Enriquez is presently ranked as the #13 flyweight in the world by the World Boxing Council (WBC). (more…)
Story and photos by Chris Morris
Martin Quezada 129.4 vs Armando Rodriguez 131
Hugo Arceo 252 vs Rudy Zapata 260
Cristian Bonilla 195.8 vs Pablo Gomez 197.8
Julio Lanzas 164.8 vs Katrell Straus 166.4
Alma Garcia 114.4 vs Victoria Robinson 113.2
Eligio Lopez 148.2 vs Ryan Madden 147.6
Promoter: Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Pro Boxing
Venue: Infinity Club
Photos: Pete Susens
Omaha lightweight contender Terence Crawford (21-0, 16 KOs) worked up a sweat Wednesday at Don Miguel Cotto’s Boxing Gym in Orlando, Florida in preparation for his Saturday fight with undefeated Russian Andrey Klimov (16-0, 8 KOs). The two will battle for The NABO lightweight championship on the Top Rank-promoted card at The Amway Center. The main event features Cotto against Delvin Rodriguez in a twelve round super welterweight battle.
Crawford’s camp includes Brian McIntyre, Jacqui Spikes, Midge Minor, Esau Dieguez and Desmond WIlford. More photos…
Portland stages a return to pro boxing. More
Maybe he’s past his prime, at 39, but New Have’s Soloman Maye will debut on Saturday. More
Wladimir Klitschko talks about his upcoming bout with Povetkin. More
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
Photos: Michael V. Ornales
On Saturday, September 28, Raul Utajara and Ghost Town Gladiators put on an excellent, well matched, first class show in Longmont, Colorado. A six card bout had the fans on their feet all night. In the main event, popular local action fighter, Raul ‘El Chino’ Carrillo, won a thrilling six round unanimous decision against gritty vet Terry Buterbaugh. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Artie Pelullo, promoter of WBO #1 ranked middleweight Bryan Vera, said today that discussions are already underway for a December rematch between Vera and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “We’re talking to Bob (Arum),” said Pelullo. “We’re talking to HBO about a December date. And should HBO not be in a financial position to pay for this event, Bob and I are discussing a pay-per-view event for December.” Pelullo also stated that if the bout takes place, it would be in Vera’s home state of Texas, and he would get more involved in the selection of officials.
“Bob did talk to Junior,” added Pelullo, “he said he was interested in a rematch and I think he needs to do it because his own fan base is giving him a hard time. There are many reports down in Mexico that they’re disappointed with him, he didn’t win the fight, he got a gift, and that world down there it’s very important to be macho, to be stand-up, so I actually think the rematch has a very good chance to come forward. There’s no fights for him right now between now and the end of the year or January or February as other guys are tied up so this would also help us get the rematch.”
A 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist from the country of Brazil, Yamaguchi Falcao will begin his journey toward professional gold as a member of the Golden Boy Promotions team, the Los Angeles-based promoter announced today. Falcao fought his way to the brink of the 2012 Olympics at 160 pounds, but with his brother also weighing 160, he decided to move up to eight pounds to avoid possibly fighting Esquiva. The fighting Falcao brothers both went to the London Games, with Esquiva winning a Silver medal and Yamaguchi a Bronze, marking the first time in 44 years that a Brazilian boxer had won an Olympic medal. Yamaguchi stayed with the AIBA for a year and has he now decided to toss his hat into the pro ring. A date and venue for Yamaguchi’s professional debut will be announced at a later date.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “The Great” Lomachenko works out Wednesday during media day at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood,Ca. Lomachenko is in preparation for his featherweight pro debut against Jose Luis Ramirez of México on the undercard of the October 12, WBO welterweight championship between undefeated defending champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. and four-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel Marquez at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas,Nevada. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Wynn Las Vegas, Márquez Boxing, and Tecate, Bradley vs. Márquez will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Team Khan issued a statement to dispel recent reports that Amir Khan has pulled out of a potential match-up against Devon Alexander on December 7th, taking up a fight against Floyd Mayweather in May of next year instead. Contrary to this story, Amir Khan is currently in training camp in San Francisco with the aim of fighting again in December against Alexander once an agreement can be reached.
London’s Daily Mail caused a stir when they reported 1) that an official announcement would be made for Mayweather-Khan in the next few days, 2) that Khan has pulled out of his planned December 7 fight with Alexander, and 3) that Khan would enter a seven month camp with trainer Virgil Hunter.
By Damien St. Pierre
One of the state of Louisiana’s most popular festivals has teamed up with one of the state’s most popular boxing promoters. On Thursday night October 3, 2013 the Gretna Heritage Festival and Les Bonano will present “Rumble on the River.” The event will include two IBA championship bouts. The event will take place on the main stage of the Gretna Heritage Festival in Gretna, Louisiana.
The main event on the main stage will feature a 12 round bout for the vacant IBA Americas Middleweight Championship. New Orleans’ own Marcus McDaniel (10-0) is scheduled to face Quinton Willis (7-2-1) of Fort Myers, Florida. The red hot prospect McDaniel not only brings an unbeaten record but also a large fan base. This will be Willis’ first bout in Louisiana and only the second outside of his home state of Florida. This will also serve as the first championship bout for both fighters. (more…)
Story and photos Przemek Garczarczyk
Three days before his heavyweight title showdown with IBF/WBO/IBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at Moscow’s Olympic Sportkomplex, unbeaten Alexander Povetkin worked out for the media at “DR Loder” Fitness Club and then answered reporters’ questions. This was, for both fighters, the last public appearance before Friday’s weigh in. Here’s what the “Russian Knight” said today:
In recent days we didn’t hear anything from you anything in the media. It’s said that you refuse to be distracted by the media, especially in such big events.
Yes, I was fully focused on the preparation for this fight. I don’t like to be distracted and today I am here to meet the media and to do the public workout. I appreciate anybody who supports me and I’m glad that my supporters are here. (more…)
Former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (32-3, 18 KOs) is looking for an impressive win when he meets Sebastien Allais (15-7-4, 5 KOs) on October 19 in Leipzig. The 37-year-old SES fighter is looking to get back to the top level after losing to current WBA interim beltholder Keith Thurman in March. He has now completed the first few weeks of intensive preparation after recovering from an elbow injury. “There is still a champion in me,” proclaimed Zaveck. “I’m going to wake him up again. I know I can get back to the top. If I clear defeat Allais, I’ll know where I stand. Then we’ll continue towards the title fight!”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), and plaintiffs in the Jones v. Schneiderman case, are pleased to announce that yesterday the Federal District Court found that their challenge to the constitutionality of New York’s ban on mixed martial arts (MMA) can go forward. The court recognized that the State Athletic Commission and the Attorney General have repeatedly changed position on whether amateur and professional MMA can occur lawfully in the state of New York, which plaintiffs argue renders the ban unconstitutionally vague. While other claims in the lawsuit were dismissed, the UFC and plaintiffs are prepared to win their case and defeat the ban with the court’s green light on the vagueness challenge. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 52 KOs), was in his usual “working hard” mood during today’s open workout in Moscow’s DR Loder Fitness Club before Saturday’s sold-out title defense against unbeaten Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs). More than 200 members of the media arrived to cover the open training and to hear both fighters with their respective teams assure everybody that they’re ready to beat the other guy. HBO will broadcast Klitschko-Povetkin live at 3:30 PM EST and rebroadcast fight the same night as a co-feature of Cotto-Rodriguez event on 9:45 PM EST.
By Arvin Nundloll
Photos: Jeff Mermelstein/Barclays Center
Fresh off his victory against Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia, the current WBA, WBC and Transnational junior welterweight champion, spoke to the press briefly and reveled his desire to get back into the ring plus commented on a possible fight against Floyd Mayweather Junior.
Speaking on how he defeated Lucas Matthysse and the rumors about a rematch:
Hard work, good training camp and good sparring partners. Even though I’m a younger fighter, I have more experience than him in a championship fight and fought good opposition before so I think that played a big part. Just the hard work and the confidence. I’m not really interested in a rematch. He wasn’t the champion.
On working with his father Angel Garcia:
We’ve always been elite. (We have) good chemistry and we know how to win. (more…)
If Dafna Yachin Kickstarter funding campaign is successful, we’ll find out. In 1987 Tyrell Biggs seemed on the verge of writing a new chapter in Philadelphia boxing history. “The second-coming of Muhammad Ali,” they called him. But then something happened and Tyrell Biggs began his steady decline into obscurity. “Whatever happened to Tyrell Biggs?” is the question co-director Dafna Yachin asks in her new feature documentary that explores Biggs’s life, from his teenage years in West Philly to the resurfacing of his fatal flaws many years later as he faced the hard realities of professional boxing. (more…)
Sergey Rabchenko will defend his European light-middleweight title against familiar foe Cedric Vitu in Vratsa, Bulgaria on November 16. The fast-rising Belarusian puncher defeated the Frenchman on a split decision last year and will be looking for a more decisive victory this time out. Rabchenko has spent the past month working with conditioning expert Nicolas Riffard at his Planet Boxe gym in Valance, France and will link up his trainer Ricky Hatton in Hyde this weekend.
Hatton was missing from Rabchenko’s corner for the first Vitu clash as he was boxing himself that night in his huge comeback fight with Vyacheslav Senchenko and Sergey says that played a big part in the outcome. (more…)
Photos: Hector Santos/ Miguel Cotto Promotions
After 12 weeks of intense training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California, three-division world champion Miguel Cotto hit the Sunshine State for his Florida debut where he will face two-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez in an HBO-televised 12-round super welterweight battle on Saturday at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Fight week officially kicked off Tuesday with an afternoon Media Workouts at the Don Miguel Boxing Gym.
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