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By Craig Wick and Jesse Wright at ringside
Bobby Hitz continued his torrid 2016 promotional pace with a six-bout offering Friday night at “The Belvedere” event center in Elk Grove Village, IL. A late arriving crowd saw to it that things got started a tad later than previously announced however once the bell rang, there was enough action to satiate the appetite of most fans who filled the ‘Belvedere.’
In the headliner, former NFL and Notre Dame football player, Tommy Zbikowski (7-0, 5 KOs) won by 2nd round disqualification over late replacement, Raymond Gray (1-1, 1 KO) in a scheduled four round cruiserweight contest. Zbikowski dropped Gray midway through round two with a left hook to the head, however upon rising, Gray protested the knockdown, claiming the punch was illegal in that it landed to the back of his head. When Gray would not answer referee David Smith’s questions, and refused to step forward as instructed, Smith announced a disqualification and the bout was waved off at the 1:44 mark. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Undefeated WBC #4 ranked super lightweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (19-0, 16 KOs) destroyed Jesus “Chino” Selig (19-4-1, 12 KOs) in the first round on Friday night at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Seldin smashed Silig to the deck with a big right hand. Silig beat the count, but got leveled again with another crushing right hand. Time was 2:49.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Danny “El Gallo” Gonzalez (12-0-1, 5 KOs) hammererd out an eight round unanimous decision over Curtis “The Trap” Morton (4-6-4, 0 KOs). Gonzalez’ non-stop work rate produced an 80-72, 79-73, 79-73 verdict on the scorecards.
Welterweight Tyrone James (3-0, 2 KOs) didn’t break a sweat in a first round KO over Kasif Muhammad (0-2). A body shot ended it at 2:57. (more…)
New England Fights (NEF) will hold its next event, “NEF 24: Promised Land” on Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine. The event will feature both mixed-martial-arts (MMA) and professional boxing bouts with an MMA cage and a boxing ring set up side-by-side. Earlier today, the promotion held the event weigh-in at the Colisée.
Professional boxing weights:
Brandon Berry 143.4 vs. James Lester 138.8
Russell Lamour 157.7 vs. Roberto Valenzuela 159.8
Vinnie Carita 210.6 vs. Francisco Mireles 299
Casey Kramlich 153 vs. Zenon Herrera 153.5
Steve Collins, Jr. 189.7 vs. Jose Humberto Corral 190.2
Official weights for WFC 53, featuring a WBO NABO bantamweight championship fight between Antonio Nieves (15-0-1) and Oscar Mojica (9-1) are below. The card takes place Saturday night at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino outside Pittsburgh and is presented by World Fighting Championships.
Antonio Nieves 116.7 vs. Oscar Mojica 117.7
Morgan Fitch 164.5 vs. Victor Kpadenou 167.7
Shianne Gist 143.2 vs. Gabby Holloway TBA
Amonte Eberhardt 153 vs. Roque Zapata TBA
Josh Fisher 169.4 vs. Rick Morias 169.6
Tickets are priced at $100, $50, and $25. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. on fight night. First bell is at 7:00 p.m.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Carlos Ocampo 148 vs. Ramsés Agaton 148.5
Anabel Ortiz 105 vs. Jolene Blackshear 105
José Uzcategui 169 vs. Derrick Findley 170.5
Jaime Munguía 147 vs. Seth Carrillo 147
Jorge García 140.5 vs. Jorge Luis Babuca 141
Sandra Robles 112 vs. Ana Victoria Polo 112
Rafael Guzmán 140 vs. Pedro López 140.5
Omar García 168 vs. Raymundo Verdugo 168
Venue: Auditorio Municipal Tijuana
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)
DiBella Entertainment Statement: Regrettably, due to a medical issue that renders former three-division world champion Abner Mares presently unable to fight in New York State, the Cuellar vs. Mares fight has been cancelled and will be replaced on the Showtime Championship Boxing on CBS telecast next Saturday, June 25. Abner’s condition is in no way life-threatening, nor was it revealed in a blood or urine test; there was no use of any drugs, including PEDs or other banned substances.
In honoring Abner’s right to medical confidentiality, no further information will be released on this situation unless he chooses. An announcement will be forthcoming with respect to the replacement bout that will open the broadcast.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
Jhonny González 129 vs. Christopher Martín 126
Carlos Molina 147.40 vs. Javier Prieto 149
Aaron Alameda 120.60 vs. Esnar Bobadilla 121.70
Mario Muñoz 127 vs. Josué Veraza 127
Venue: Agustín Millán Gym in Toluca
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Andrzej Fonfara 174.5 vs. Joe Smith Jr 173
Juan Carlos Payano 117.2 vs. Rau’shee Warren 117
(WBA world bantamweight title)
Hugo Centeno Jr 163 vs. Maciej Sulecki 159
Erickson Lubin 153.5 vs. Daniel Sandoval 159.5
Alex Martin 147 vs. Juan Carlos Abreu 147
Jose Felix Quezada 140.5 vs. Cameron Kreal 141.5
Ramiro Carrillo 136.5 vs. Jorge Luis Munguia 138
Josh Hernandez 129.5 vs. Eric Gotay 130
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago
TV: NBC, NBCSN
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mayerlin “La Monita” Rivas 116.8 vs. Maria Sorroche 117
(WBA female bantamweight championship)
Yesica “La Tuti” Bopp 106.2 vs. Nancy Franco 108
(WBA female light flyweight championship)
Hanna Gabriel 153.6 vs. Katia Alvarino 152.4
(WBA/WBO female super welterweight championship)
Laura Linda Lecca 115 vs. Carolina “La Fiera” Alvarez 112.4
(WBA female super flyweight world championship)
Ogleydis Suarez 150.8 vs. Yarley Cuadrado 144.6
(WBA female Fedelatino welterweight title)
Ambar Fajardo 126.8 vs. Yolis Marrugo 129.8
(WBA female Fedelatino super featherweight title)
Deebora Rengifo 104 vs. Eva Guzman 104.2
(WBA female Fedelatino minimumweight title)
Venue: Domo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela
Promoter: Jupiter Fight Boxing
Golden Boy Promotions has announced two LA Fight Club cards for August 5 and August 19. Headlining the August 5 card will be super featherweight Carlos “The Solution” Morales (13-1-3, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles in a 10-round main event. The August 19 edition of the popular series will feature exciting Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez (27-3, 22 KOs) of Mexico City in a 10-round lightweight clash. Both events will be broadcast live nationally on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar.
Super middleweight Martin Murray says George Groves got his name from losing twice to Carl Froch – and believes he’ll look to shift the blame when he beats him in their clash for the WBA International title at The O2 in London on Saturday June 25. Murray believes Groves is too focused on being the ‘a-side’ of their battle, rather than focusing on the fight itself, as the Brit rivals look to move into line for another crack at the world title in the second half of the year.
Murray is 0-3-1 in world title fights, meeting Gennady Golovkin, Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm in his middleweight world title battles and tackling Arthur Abraham at 168lbs for the WBO world super-middleweight crown. Groves is 0-3 in world title scraps – losing twice at the hands of Carl Froch and most recently against Badou Jack in Las Vegas for the WBC title.
“I’ve been in bigger fights than him all over the world against better opposition,” said Murray. “The fact that his name comes first means nothing to me – I’m a 33-year-old grown man, how’s that going to bother me? He got his name by losing twice to Carl Froch and that’s how he’s the a-side. If I’m not established enough as a World class fighter as it stands now, I’m going to get it when I beat George, even though I’ve been in the bigger and tougher fights than him, that’s the way it is. He thinks that the 80,000 tickets at Wembley were down to him, nothing to do with Carl. (more…)
Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) is a massive early wagering favorite to defeat Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) on July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama. 5dimes currently lists Wilder at -3750 to retain his belt. Bettors who peg Arreola for the upset can get +1500. The fight was made official earlier this week.
Undefeated WBC #4 super lightweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (18-0, 15 KOs) squares off against Mexican brawler Jesus Selig (19-3-1, 12 KOs) at The Paramount in Huntington, New York in the ten-round main event of promoter Joe DeGuardia’s popular “Rockin Fights” series.
Cletus Seldin 140 vs. Jesus Selig 139.8
Danny Gonzalez 140.8 vs. Curtis Morton 140
Naim Terbunja 170 vs. Lanny Dardar 167.8
Terell Bostic 139.4 vs. Miguel Gloria, 140.8
Tyrone James 147.8 vs. Kasif Muhammad 147.6
Laurend Stewart 157.2 vs. Daniel Flores 155.8
Having missed out on the opportunity to fight comebacking local icon Peter Manfredo Jr. in May due to a foot injury, undefeated light heavyweight Angel Camacho Jr. (15-0, 5 KOs) returns Friday, July 15th in a 10-round bout against Kevin Cobbs (10-2, 4 KOs), headlining a CES Boxing card at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. In other action, super lightweight Nick DeLomba (9-1, 2 KOs) faces Oscar Bonilla (3-1-2) in a six-round bout and middleweight Thomas Falowo (14-3, 8 KOs) faces Chris Chatman (13-5-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round rematch (Chatman beat Falowo in 2013).
The card also features the return of newly-crowned WBC female middleweight world champion Kali Reis (9-5-1), who captured the belt in April in New Zealand.
WBC #2, WBA #3, WBO #4 rated light heavyweight Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) is currently a 25:1 favorite to defeat little-known Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) when they collide Saturday night in the 10-round main event televised on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Smith, who is making his national television debut, is a +1400 underdog.
The co-feature between WBA bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) and Rau’shee Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) was pick’em earlier in the week. But currently, even though he lost their first fight, Warren is a narrow -160 favorite to rip the world title from the unbeaten Payano, who is at +140.
Heavyweight Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs), who arrived in London yesterday for his clash with IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) on June 25, says there’s no comparison between him and fellow American Charles Martin, whom Joshua blew out in two rounds two months ago.
“People are comparing me to Charles Martin. Charles Martin is not a 2012 US Olympian, Charles Martin did not knock out 38 of his 42 wins as an amateur as well as 15 of his 17 as a pro,” Breazeale told Sky Sports. “Everybody I have fought as a pro has been down on the canvas, if not once, they’ve stayed down for sure. When people say Charles Martin came over here and he talked a big game and he had the belt and he had this, honestly I think Charles Martin came over with the understanding that, ‘Damn, I’m going to get my ass kicked.’ I’m over here with the understanding that I’m doing the ass kicking so we’re two different guys.”
The next meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission will be held on Tuesday. The business at hand includes requests from promoters for fight dates.
Main Events and Roc Nation have requested the date of November 19 to promote a boxing event to be held at the T‐Mobile Arena to be televised on pay‐per‐view. That bout is expected to be Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward.
Golden Boy Promotions has requested the date of September 17 to promote a boxing event to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to be televised on HBO Pay‐Per‐View, undoubtedly the return of Canelo Alvarez vs. TBA.
Roy Jones Jr. Boxing has requested the dates of September 9, September 30 and December 17 to promote boxing events at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center to be televised on CBS Sports.
The commissioners will also select officials for Top Rank’s big July 23 world title tripleheader at the MGM Grand Garden Arena headlined by the WBO/WBC unification clash between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol.
Finally, there will be a hearing on the disciplinary complaint against former world champion Zab Judah, who is under suspension for providing false information on a licensing document.
Photos: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
Light heavyweights star Andrzej Fonfara and hard-hitting Joe Smith Jr. went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring Saturday, June 18 on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features a world title rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’shee Warren plus rising star Erickson Lubin battles Mexico’s Daniel Sandoval. PBC coverage switches to NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and will see unbeaten middleweights Hugo Centeno Jr. and Maciej Sulecki square-off.
The fighters faced-off at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza and spoke with media about their upcoming primetime bouts. Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
Andrzej Fonfara: “I want to thank everyone who brought this show to Chicago. I’m ready. We’ve had a very long camp. I’ve had great sparring after traveling two weeks in Big Bear and three weeks in Houston. The rest of our camp was in Chicago and it was outstanding. I’m ready for this opportunity. Joe Smith is a young guy who is here to beat me. I have to show him I’m a better fighter in the ring. What we say now doesn’t matter, we’ll see everything on Saturday night. I’ve been in a lot of fights, I’ve been the favorite and I’ve been the underdog. I know this is a big fight for Joe Smith and that he’s trained very hard. He is going to be very motivated but I will be too and I will be ready on fight night.
“Each fight is different. I can’t give him a lot of space to punch. I want to wear him down and finish him. I’m taking it round-by-round to get the win. I know he has a big punch, because he wins fights by knockout. But who has he knocked out? The guy who was a little bit better, Will Rosinsky, he went the distance. He has heavy, wide punches and we will be ready for him.” (more…)
Undefeated world ranked heavyweight contender and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) arrived at London Heathrow Airport on Thursday afternoon ahead of his world title challenge against IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday, June 25 on Showtime from The O2 in London.
Confident as he’s been since the fight was announced, Breazeale was met by the local media upon his arrival. “We’re two knockout artists so whoever lands first is going to win,” Breazeale said. “I know I got under his skin at the first press conference. He was rattled when we met and he knows I’m not some pushover like he’s had in the past. I am an opportunist and if I see an opportunity, I am going to take advantage of it. If he exposes something or shows a weakness of some sort, I plan to take advantage of it. I’ll go with the game plan, of course. My trainer, Manny Robles has done a great job developing a game plan during our training camp.
“I’ll hit him hard, hit him strong, hit him with everything, just be ready. We’ve had a great camp and it’s the most exciting part about camp is getting to the finish line and I am excited. I am ready to be victorious on June 25.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Some big name boxers expressed interest, but at this point no notable professional boxers appear headed toward to competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics even though the AIBA opening up the competition just weeks before a final qualifying tournament in Venezuela. One country that has expressed interest in adding pros to fill their remaining spots is Canada. “I’ve received a ton of emails from professional boxers since (AIBA) made this announcement,” Boxing Canada president Pat Fiacco told the Regina Leader-Post. “No one in Canada is losing the opportunity to go to the Olympic Games because they’re not a professional. The first priority is our ‘open’ boxers. That’s why I feel good about it. We haven’t taken anything away. What we’ve done is added an opportunity to get a medal by including the best boxers in the world. We should all be excited about that.”
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Panamanian ring legend Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran celebrates his 65th birthday today. Duran won world titles in the lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight divisions during a career that spanned five decades, the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000. Famous the world over, Duran was known for his ferocious, relentless ring style. He retired with a record of 103-16 with 70 KOs and was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.
Happy Birthday to one of the true greats of boxing!
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday at the Domo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela, the WBA is staging a historic all women’s world championship boxing card. Not only are the boxers female, the referees and judges will also be women. There will be four world title fights in play.
In the main event, WBA female bantamweight champion Mayerlin “La Monita” Rivas (13-3-1, 9 KOs), a hometown favorite, will defend her world title against unbeaten Spaniard Maria Sorroche (11-0-1, 2 KOs).
WBA female flyweight champion Yesica “La Tuti” Bopp (28-1, 12 KOs), an icon of women’s boxing in Argentina, defends against former world champion Nancy Franco (14-7-2, 4 KOs) of Mexico.
WBO female jr middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel (15-1-1, 10 KOs) of Costa Rica will defend against Katia Alvarino (8-2-1, 3 KOs) from Uruguay. The vacant WBA world super welterweight championship will also be on the line.
WBA female super flyweight world champion Laura Linda Lecca (12-2-1, 3 KOs) defends her belt against the Venezuelan Carolina “La Fiera” Alvarez (12-6-3, 9 KOs). Alvarez entered the history books as the first Venezuelan woman to fight for a world title in February 2007.
Also, world famous model and former world champion Ogleydis Suarez (20-3-1, 8 KOs) will face Colombian Yolis Marrugo (18-9-3, 9 KOs) for the Fedelatin female super lightweight title. Suarez was the first women’s world champion from Venezuela, accomplishing the feat in April 2012. She is considered one of the most beautiful women in the world and today she’s a successful entrepreneur.
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
Before catching his flight to Beijing, China, junior lightweight title challenger Jason Sosa, 18-1-4, 14 KOs, held one last stateside workout at the Victory Boxing & Fitness Gym in Cherry Hill, NJ on Wednesday.
Sosa takes on WBA champion Javier Fortuna, 29-0-1, 21 KOs, at the Capital Gym, next Friday, June 24th. The fight will be telecast on Chinese TV, but will not be aired in the USA.
Sosa, Camden, NJ, is currently ranked #8 by the WBA, and earned this, his first world title shot, primarily on the strength of his December performance against two-time world champion Nicholas Walters. (more…)
It was experience overcoming youth on Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica, as 44-year-old former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (46-27-1, 27 KOs) scored a one-sided seven round split decision over 22-year-old novice Michael “The Wasp” Gardner (2-1, 1 KO) in the Season 6 semi-final of the “Wray & Nephew Jamaican Contender Series.”
The 74-fight veteran Corley was simply too ring savvy for Gardner, who was appearing in only his third pro bout. Although “Chop Chop” dominated the fight, one judge managed to see it for the hometown fighter. Scores were 69-64, 69-64 for Corley, and a ridiculous 67-60 for Gardner. Corley will now face Richard “Frog” Holmes (11-5, 6 KOs) in the final on July 2.
Photos: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
Fight week kicked-off in Chicago on Wednesday for Premier Boxing Champions on NBC taking place this Saturday, June 18 at the UIC Pavilion headlined by light heavyweight bruiser Andrzej Fonfara battling hard-hitting New Yorker Joe Smith Jr.
Andrzej Fonfara: “I’m in great shape right now. Camp went very well. We had great sparring and conditioning. I’m definitely ready to fight. We’ve seen a couple of his fights. He’s a young, tough guy. I know that I must win the fight. I’m prepared and I will be victorious. I expect this fight to be a real battle. I’m not going to stop throwing punches. I will control the ring and find my spots. I definitely want to give my fans the knockout. Fighting in Chicago is a great motivation for me because I have such outstanding support here. I always want to entertain my fans so they keep coming back to watch me perform. I was the underdog my whole career. Now in this position, it’s even better. I’m motivated by being in this position. I know my opponent feels overlooked and that will add to his motivation, but I’m ready.”
Joe Smith Jr: “We’ve done some traveling in camp to get excellent sparring and overall it’s just been a great camp. I’m excited to be here and ready to get in the ring. I’m happy to have this opportunity because I worked so hard for it. I’m looking to put on a show. This is a big chance and if I win I can open up a lot of doors. I just need to do what I do best and hopefully I’ll be in a world title fight next. I love representing Long Island and New York. I want to bring a title back home. I’m going to give it my all and at the end of the night I should come out on top.”
Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features a bantamweight world championship rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’shee Warren plus rising star Erickson Lubin battling Mexico’s Daniel Sandoval. (more…)
Photos: Bill Hoffman/Bruno Event Team
WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder was on stage at a press conference in Birmingham, AL and two-time heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola was on hand via Skype from his training camp in San Diego to officially announce their heavyweight title showdown taking place Saturday, July 16 from the Legacy Arena live on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes.
Deontay Wilder: “As you see Chris Arreola stayed patient. You wonder why he continued to get title fights. It is his time. Some guys get chances after chances and some don’t. You can’t deny him. You can’t look past him. With the circumstances that we were facing, to come back and do a short notice-type fight, as far as looking for opponents, we knew it had to be the right person.”
Chris Arreola: “I love boxing. I love boxing fans whether they are with me or against me. They give energy to their fighters and it is just me and Deontay in the ring. There is no one that will be able to help Deontay and no one that can help me when that bell rings. That is what I love about boxing. It is the most gentlemanly sport there is. At the end of the day, it is going to be one-on-one.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Light heavyweights Andrzej Fonfara and Joe Smith Jr. worked out today at the Oakley Fight Club in Chicago. They collide Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in a bout televised on NBC.
Undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (16-0-1, 7 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday night in a six-rounder against former IBU world champion Victor Kpadenou (10-10, 5 KOs) of Benin, Africa. The bout will take place at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino located 25 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at World Fighting Championships 53.
The card is headlined by a WBO NABO bantamweight title fight between Antonio “Carita” Nieves (15-0, 8 KOs) and Oscar Mojica (9-1, 1 KO). (more…)
After careful consideration, rising Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) star and double Russian Olympian, Artur Beterbiev, have decided not to take part in the qualifying process to earn a spot to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An Olympic qualifying tournament for professional boxers will be held July 3-8 in Vargas, Venezuela, following the decision of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) to include professionals in the Olympic tournament.
However, Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs), who made a triumphant return to the ring after a one-year absence on June 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal against Argentinian Ezequiel Maderna (23-3, 15 KOs), will not be there.
“After analyzing all situations, we came to the conclusion that the current situation was not favorable,” GYM president Yvon Michel explained. “The short-term goal for Artur Beterbiev is to become world champion in the pro ranks. He will be back in the ring in September.” (more…)
In a rematch, WBA bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) is ready to defend his title against Rau’shee Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) and show the world he’s the king at 118 pounds. The bout scheduled for this Saturday on NBC from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Payano won a split decision against Warren in their first bout.
“I had a great training camp and everyone will see the improvements I’ve made since I fought Warren last August.” said Payano. “Once I settle in Chicago, I’ll be well rested and right on weight. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my strengths and weaknesses. I’ve put in a lot of work during this training camp, to better myself, and I feel I’m at the top of my game right now. I’m going to leave everything in the ring on Saturday night. I have the blueprint to beat Warren. I’ll be ready for war. There is no doubt in my mind that my hands will be raised in victory once again. Warren is in trouble!”
It will be experience vs. youth tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica, as 44-year-old former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (45-27-1, 27 KOs) takes on 22-year-old Michael “The Wasp” Gardner (2-0, 1 KO) in the Season 6 semi-final of the “Wray & Nephew Jamaican Contender Series.” Corley blew out Revlon Lake (9-14-2, 1 KO) in 55 seconds in his opening round bout on May 25. Both of Gardner’s wins have come in this competition. The Corley-Gardner winner will face Richard “Frog” Holmes (11-5, 6 KOs) in the final.
The new WBC ratings for June have been released and former middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is not currently rated in either the middleweight or super welterweight division. After Canelo relinquished his WBC title to Gennady Golovkin, the WBC contacted Canelo’s promoter to confirm which division he is planning to continue his career in, but didn’t receive a response. Consequently, Canelo will not be rated this month as the WBC waits to receive official confirmation about his status.
Heavyweight Chris Arreola has been returned to his previous #9 rating as the WBC Ratings Committee has verified that an administrative suspension imposed in Texas has been lifted. Arreola, who tested positive for marijuana after his last fight, will challenge WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder on July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Heavyweight Alexander Povetkin remains rated #1 with an asterisk as the WBC Clean Boxing Program continues to investigate his positive drug test. The investigation is expected to be resolved during the month of June.
Super middleweight Lucien Bute is rated #9 with an asterisk, as his positive drug test is also being investigated by the WBC Clean Boxing Program.
The WBC, WBA and IBF have all issued ratings updates for the month of June. Click here to see all the latest ratings.
WBO lightweight champion Terry “Turbo” Flanagan has ripped crosstown rival WBA lightweight champion Anthony ‘Million Dolla’ Crolla for taking a fight against former WBC champion Jorge Linares in September rather than waiting for him. Flanagan, meanwhile, defends his belt against 42-year-old former world champion Mzonke Fana on the July 9 Fury-Klitschko undercard.
“I just want big names and unification fights,” proclaimed Flanagan. “People say, ‘Why are you fighting this old man (Fana)?’ What they don’t realize is we offered Crolla the fight and they didn’t want it. We want the big fights that the fans want to see. All we can do is keep pushing for them and hopefully one of them will come off. There’s no shame in losing a fight. You can still go on to have a great career. I just don’t like people conning the public and making out that their opponent is some big-punching dangerman and number one in the division when they’re not. It’s bullshit. Let’s just make proper fights and have the best fight the best. Don’t be scared to lose. (more…)
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