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Photos: Goossen Promotions
Thomas Williams Jr. 175 vs. Gabriel Campillo 174.8
Andre Dirrell 172 vs. Vladine Biosse 172
Juan Carlos Rojas 162 vs. Immanuel Aleem 162.6
Marcello Gallardo 125.8 vs. Juan Funez 125.8
Epifanio Mendoza 198 vs. Jordan Shimmell 198.6
Hector Lopez 132 vs. Gervonta Davis 132.4
Joaquin Chavez 135 vs. Luis Cruz 133.4
David Grayton 147.4 vs. Eddie Cordova 148
Guadalupe Hudgens 132.8 vs. Leduan Barthelemy 129.2
Milton Nunez 161.3 vs. Wilky Campfort 157.6
Wale Omotoso 148 vs. Eduardo Flores 148.2
Phillip Jackson-Benson 179.6 vs. Thomas Hanshaw 180.6
Venue: Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, WA
Promoter: Goossen Promotions
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
The final press conference took place Thursday for Saturday night’s expected welterweight war between fan-favorite Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs) and ex-champion Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) in the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and on HBO. After finally arriving in Las Vegas after a long trip from Argentina, Chaves was resting at his hotel and unable to attend the press conference.
Brandon Rios: We’re just going to give the fans what they want. They’re going to see a nice little war in the ring as long as it lasts and it’s going to be a tremendous fight. I know he has tremendous skill and punching power, but I have punching power too. And I do have some skills, kind of. But we’re ready 100% …I know this is a do or die fight for me, so I’m going to make it a ‘do’ instead of a ‘die’ and the fans are going to see the old “Bam Bam” back.
Also, on hand was undefeated hometown hero and WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs), who will be defending against Anton Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs).
Jessie Vargas: I look forward to giving you a great fight…come this Saturday I’m going to give it my all…I worked very hard for what I have now and I’m not letting it go.
Anton Novikov: I’m here to take that belt. photos
By Brett Bonetti at the scale
Photos by Kim Johnson
Brandon Ogilvie 134.0 vs Jerope Mercado 134.0
(Lightweight WA State Title Bout)
Sam Hogan 152.1 vs Terry Dehaan 152.1
Ben Page 184.7 vs Filipo Masoe 198.6
(Cruiserweight WA State Title Bout)
Shane Carroll 128.5 vs Hero Tito 129.9
Pat Eneanya 221.1 vs Joel Clifton 226.6
Vinnie Caruana 174.2 vs Steven Kennedy 176.4
(Light Heavyweight WA State Title Bout)
Darren Allison 184.5 vs Kalolo Faatua 175.3
Dalton Saunders 139.3 vs Dan Carter 138.7
Photos: Larry Levanti/Main Events
The final press conference was held today for the August 2 title fight between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 24-0-1, 22 KO’s and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello, 19-0-1, 6 KO’s. Kovalev is putting his WBO Light Heavyweight belt on the line at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. The 12-round fight will be the second fight in an HBO Boxing After Dark triple header presentaton this Saturday night. The HBO telecast begins at 9:45pm ET/PT.
Johannesburg, South Africa’s Isaac Chilemba, 22-2-2, 9 KO’s, will square off against Cory Cummings, 17-6-1, 13 KO’s of Newark, NJ in a 10-round light heavyweight co-feature bout that will not be shown on HBO but will inernationally televised.
Here’s what was said at Thursday’s final press conference.
Sergey Kovalev: “I prepare the same for each fight. I am not a talker, I am a fighter. I want to get in the ring Saturday and win my next fight.”
Blake Caparello: “I am coming to America to beat Sergey. He is a good fighter but I am looking forward to Saturday night.” (more…)
Leonard Bundu 146.25 vs. Frabnkie Gavin 146.8
(European and Commonwealth welterweight championship)
Lucas Browne 263 vs. Andriy Rudenko 234.75
VACANT WBA Intercontinental/WBC Eur-Asia Pacific heavyweight titles)
Venue: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Promoter: Frank Warren
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Diego Chaves arrived in Las Vegas from Argentina on Thursday morning for his upcoming 10-round welterweight main event against former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard, CA, Saturday, August 2 in the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and televised on HBO Boxing After Dark.
It was touch and go earlier this week when it was learned that Chaves was caught up in the backlog for travel documents due to a “glitch” in the U.S. State Department’s database for processing visas and passports that caused delays for millions of people. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum finally announced on Wednesday that the visa for Chaves had cleared and that he would be indeed be coming to Las Vegas.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200.
When one-time world-title challenger Mike Jones takes on Jaime Herrera on Aug. 23 at Bally’s Atlantic City, it will mark the former Philadelphian’s first fight in more than two years. Jones, 31, is now living in Las Vegas. He has not boxed since June 9, 2012, when he was stopped in the 11th round.by Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, in their fight for the vacant IBF world welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Far ahead on points, even after being dropped in the 10th round, Jones was less than three minutes, 20 seconds from the world championship when Bailey drilled him with a right hand. It was Jones’ first loss in 27 pro fights.
“The last time I spoke with Mike was at the airport in Las Vegas the next morning,” said promoter J Russell Peltz, who was with Jones from his pro debut in 2005 before joining forces with Top Rank late in 2010 to further Jones’ career. “I asked Mike to stop in my office after a few days and he said he would but he never showed up. I texted him, asking him to read a post-fight story from a Philadelphia-based website (www.phillyboxinghistory.com) which talked about unfulfilled promise and I felt that one story best described Mike’s career in a nutshell. Mike texted me back and said he agreed that the story was accurate.
“A few days later, I was contacted by Eric Melzer, an attorney from New Jersey, who asked me to handle all my dealings with Mike through his (Melzer’s) office.”
Peltz and Jones have not communicated directly since, even though Peltz is promoting Jones’ comeback fight. (more…)
IBF flyweight title fight between the champion, Amnat Ruenroeng and the #1 ranked McWilliams Arroyo will mow take place on September 10 at the Liptapanlop Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, in a Jimmy’s Boxing presentation. “The date change (from September 14 to September 10) is due to a conflict of the Thai TV with the 2014 Asian Games program according to the Thai promoter (Jimmy’s Boxing). Now we will coordinate again all matters relating to the date on which McWilliams will travel to Thailand,” said Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions Vice-President.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain celebrated his 75th birthday today in his famed Romanza Gym in México City. Born in Actopan, Veracruz, Beristain was a former amateur and professional fighter who retired from the ring due to an eye injury. He was trainer of the México Amateur National Team that won medals in the 1968, 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games and has trained 25 professional world champions. Beristain goes daily to the Romanza Gym to work with amateur and professional boxers.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (37-5, 24 KOs) will return to the ring on October 4 against undefeated Mexican prospect Adrian Estrella (18-0, 17 KOs) to fight for the WBC super featherweight International title in Nuevo Leon, in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast by Televisa Deportes. Estrella is looking for a big win to catapult himself into a fight for a world title. The 38 year old Caballero last fought in November 2013 and has made just five ring appearances in the last 44 months due to a promotional dispute.
For the third consecutive week, the Boxeo Telemundo Ford super flyweight tournament will take center stage. Local favorite Daniel Lozano (11-1, 8 KOs) will take on recent world title challenger Antonio ‘El Tostado’ Tostado (13-2, 6 KOs) this Friday. The main event is scheduled for 12 rounds and for the interim WBO Latino super flyweight title. The bout will take place at the A La Carte Event Pavilion, in Tampa, Florida. Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. will promote the event
Lozano has been inactive since his being dealt his first pro loss last year in October. During that time out of the ring there has been some very good changes in his life. Fightnews spoke with Lozano from his home. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events
Aussie 175 pounder Blake Caparello talks to Fightnews to say training went well for WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev on Saturday and that sparring Sakio Bika has helped him get into great physical and mental shape. Blake also says he has a plan defeat Kovalev and that all fight fans should tune into see a great fight Saturday night.
Has your preparation for WBO light heavyweight challenge against Sergey Kovalev gone well with no injuries?
My preperation has gone very well, no injuries and everything worked to plan. My body is feeling great. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
“Brilliant” Brandon Ogilvie (7-1, 2 KO’s) will face the experienced Jerope Mercado (26-6, 19 KO’s) for the WA State Lightweight Title in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome VII this Friday night at Metro City Perth, Australia. Ogilvie, coming off perhaps his most impressive performance in the ring in June is thrilled to be headlining Thunderdome again and can’t wait to get in the ring to face Mercado.
“My last 2 fights have gone according to plan and I’m going to have another solid win on Friday night over Mercado,” Ogilvie said. (more…)
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In a nationally televised promotion, 2012 London Olympic light heavyweight Damien “Super” Hooper (9-0, 8 KOs) stopped formerly world rated Joel Casey (15-14-3, 10 KOs) in round seven of scheduled ten round main event at Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Wednesday. Hooper dominated Casey in all rounds – dropping him three times from body shots in round seven and referee Adrian Cairns crowned Hooper at 1:29. Hooper is managed by Matt Clark and guided by Ricky Hatton Promotions.
In the main supporting bout, WBO #13 super middleweight Rohan Murdock (15-1, 12 KOs) stopped Gaston Alejandro Bega (23-9, 10 KOs) in round five of scheduled ten round bout. Murdock dropped Vega in round one and at 2:46 referee Phil Austin called it off. Murdock, 22 years controlled the action in all of the rounds. (more…)
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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios gets ready to work out with trainer Robert Garcia during media day Wednesday at the Top Rank Gym for his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut in a 10-round welterweight main event against one-time interim world champion Diego Chaves of Buenos Aires on Saturday in the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and televised on HBO Boxing After Dark. Chaves is currently en route to Las Vegas for tomorrow’s press conference.
Also on hand were undefeated (24-0) WBA jr. welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, the “Pride of Las Vegas” preparing for his upcoming first title defends, undefeated challenger (28-0) Anton Novikov from Chelyabinsk, Russia, U.S. Olympian lightweight Jose Ramirez and Shane Mosley Jr. accompanied by dad/former world champion Shane Mosley and grandfather Jack Mosley.
WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) has a reputation as a knockout artist but his challenger Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) has a reputation for lasting deep into the later rounds of a fight where Krusher has never been before. Saturday on HBO, we’ll see whether Caparello can handle Sergey’s power long enough to see whether or not Sergey has the endurance to go the distance. (more…)
By Gabriel F.Cordero
WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio says WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto should stop making excuses and fight him. “If Miguel Cotto doesn’t want to fight with me, it’s best to just step aside,” says the Mexican star. “Cotto should step aside and continue as a junior middleweight. He’s too small to be in the middleweight division.”
Rubio won the interim WBC middleweight belt in April by stopping Domenico Spada. Cotto won the WBC “full” belt by dethroning longtime champion Sergio Martinez in June.
Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Junior welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, 28-0, 16 KOs, held an open training session for the media on Wednesday afternoon at his DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. Garcia fights fellow-Pennsylvanian “Lightning” Rod Salka, 19-3, 3 KOs, in a 10-round, 142-pound non-title bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on August 9th. Garcia and his father / trainer Angel Garcia spoke with the media and conducted a lengthy workout.
“I’m leading my way up,” said Garica said about the 142-pound catch-weight for the upcoming bout. “Hopefully this is the fight that’s leading me up to 147. (It will) make me stronger as a fighter, building me up and getting me ready for welterweight. I’m still the 140-pound champion, so I can’t really say this is my last fight at 140. If something comes along that’s worth it, I’ll definitely fight at 140 again.
“I always gun for the knockout. I need a knockout. I haven’t had a knockout since the Morales fight in Brooklyn. I’m back in Brooklyn (against Salka), and I’m looking to get another knockout.” (more…)
Jr welterweights Adrien Broner and Lucas Matthysse will return on September 6 in separate bouts at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Opponents aren’t finalized yet, but hometown hero Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) is expected to face Emmanuel Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) in the main event. Opponents discussed for Matthysse (35-3, 33 KOs) include Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (31-0-1, 24 KOs) and Michael Perez (20-1-2, 10 KOs). Former world champion Andre Berto will also appear on the card against TBA. Showtime will televise. An official announcement will be coming soon.
Fans have talked about a showdown between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for years. On September 13, we get the next best thing as their brothers, Omar “Businessman” Chavez (32-2-1, 22 KOs) and Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (19-4-2, 12 KOs), will face off at a venue to be named.
The fight is expected to take place in Verscruz as Chavez didn’t want to fight in Alvarez’ hometown of Guadalajara and Alvarez didn’t want to fight in Culiacan where Chavez hails from.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today that the Visa for Diego “La Joya” Chaves has CLEARED and that he will be traveling to Las Vegas to face Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, as scheduled, on Saturday, August 2, at The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., the former world lightweight champion and pound-for-pound all-action fighter, will be making his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut against one-time interim world champion Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, in a 10-round welterweight battle. The co-main event will feature undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight champion “The Pride of Las Vegas” Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs), making his first title defense, against undefeated contender Anton “The Pick Hammer” Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs), of Kopeysk, Russia. Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, remaining tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200. Room / ticket packages are also available.
Due to multiple fighter fallouts. This Friday night’s Elton Dharry Promotions boxing event at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens is cancelled. Fans who purchased tickets may refund them at the point of purchase. Dharry will now fight on August 2 in St. Maarten in a co-promotion with B.O.S.E Promotions.
Legendary Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech believes Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne can win a world title in as little as six months. Australia has never produced a heavyweight champion of the world, but Fenech says he’s seen enough in the few weeks he’s been training Browne to suggest that the 35-year-old has all the ingredients. Browne faces unbeaten Ukrainian Andriy Rudenko for the WBC’s EPBC and WBA Inter-Continental crowns in Wolverhampton, England on Friday night and victory should push him closer to a showdown with either Bermane Stiverne or Ruslan Chagaev.
“The WBC and WBA champions are both beatable. If Lucas keeps getting the best sparring then he could be fighting for a world title in six months,” said Fenech, who himself won world honours in three weight divisions. “Preparation is everything and as long as he gets the right camp, he’ll be ready. Australia has never had a world champion in the heavyweight division and I think for Lucas to become the first would be an incredible thing. Alex Leapai went over to Germany to fight Klitschko and he had tremendous support but Lucas can go a step further than that.” (more…)
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