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Welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs) is looking for a dance partner and he does not care who it is, he just wants to get back in the ring and prove that he belongs with the elite fighters of the world. After year layoff, the tough Argentinian came back in April and won a rough and tumble affair against then undefeated Jean Carlos Prada in his hometown of Salta, Argentina, Abregu hit the deck during the exciting fight but he came back to put away Prada in the eighth round before more than 10,000 fans in the local soccer stadium.
Abregu of Salta, Argentina has now won seven consecutive, six inside the distance including his dismantling of then undefeated prospect Thomas Dulorme, since his one and only professional loss to the two-time world champion Timothy Bradley Jr. on July 17 of 2010 in Palm Springs, California.
He always seems to be one of candidates considered to face the name boxers in the welterweight division, has yet to able to get one of the top guys in the ring. (more…)
Former WBO light welterweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov, known as “The Siberian Rocky,” is looking to step back into the ring this fall following a close loss to Chris Algieri in June, and Philadelphia’s “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy could be next on the hard-hitting Russian’s list. Coming off his third consecutive win in July, Lundy (25-3-1, 12 KOs) is now ranked #3 in the WBC among lightweights and would have no problem stepping up to 140 pounds to face Provodnikov, a fight he felt he should’ve had been in June when Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) instead faced Algieri at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“They had a list of guys to fight, including Algieri, Richar Abril and me and when they got my name, there was no excuse. They just didn’t want to fight me,” Lundy said. “They said Algieri wasn’t exciting enough, but with me, they just didn’t want to fight me. (more…)
Photos: Cotto Promotions
Felix Verdejo 133 vs. Oscar Bravo 133
(WBC FECARBOX super bantamweight title)
José López 120 vs. Roberto Castañeda 121
Alberto Machado 127 vs. Eliezer Agosto 126
Rashidi Ellis 148 vs. Joanthony Vazquez 149
Christopher Diaz 126 vs. Reggie Santiago 125
Freddy Ortiz 122 vs. José Roman 123
Jose Martinez 119 vs. Luis Ortiz 120
Miguel Canino 139 vs. Jose Padilla 141
Gustavo Sosa 139 vs. Mike Eraso 139
Venue: Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas, P.R.
Promoter: Cotto Promotions / Top Rank / H2 Entertainment
Yoan Pablo Hernandez 199.7 vs. Firat Arslan 199.7
(IBF cruiserweight world championship)
Jack Culcay 154 vs. Isaac Real 152.8
Tyron Zeuge 168 vs. Baker Barakat 165.3
Venue: Erfurt Exhibition Hall in Thuringia, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation along with Mayweather Promotions is proud to present the “Back to School Giveaway 2014″ this Saturday (August 16th) at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas (located at 4020 Schiff Drive). The event will feature school supply giveaways for grades K-12, raffled prizes, food and beverages, a live D.J. and lots more entertainment. In addition, kids can get haircuts by licensed barbers until 8p during the event. Students in grades 5-12 can bring their local library card for a chance to win a free laptop. The event begins at 5p. Former jr middleweight champion and native son Ishe Smith plus several fighters promoted by Mayweather Promotions will be in attendance.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBC number one ranked heavyweight Deontay “Bronze Bromber” Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama returns to action Saturday night when he takes on Orlando, Florida’s Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs) on Showtime Extreme at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. Fightnews.com caught up with the Bronze Bomber as he talked about his preparation, upcoming fight with Gavern and his future date with Bermane Stiverne.
“We don’t want to call it a warm up or tune up because I didn’t have to fight but we took this fight. I am doing this for the fans,” Deontay Wilder told Fightnews.com. The 2008 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Wilder worked with trainer, 1984 gold medalist and former welterweight champion Mark Breland during a short camp in his hometown of Tuscaloosa.
“Camp is great. It is probably the shortest camp I have ever had being that I got put on the card late, which is great because I am always in camp training we are always in the gym,” said Wilder. “It was a quick knockout that was the last time I fought and this has been the longest inactivity I have had since that fight so I am ready to get back in the ring.” (more…)
By Gabriel F.Cordero
WBC interim middleweight world champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) announced on his Twitter account that his next fight will be with WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) on HBO October 18 at a venue to be determined. The announcement wasn’t confirmed by the Golovkin camp, but we’re watching for further developments as Rubio stated “The terms were accepted and my promoters Promociones Del Pueblo will be closing contracts tomorrow.”
Leading Hungarian promoter Felix Racz has the intention to put Hungarian pro boxing back on the map. The next event which will be televised on September 20th by M1 (Hungarian National TV) – with whom he just signed a long term deal – and will feature as main events, WBO #4 super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak (21-1-0, 8 KOs), WBO #8 super middleweight Balazs Kelemen (21-0, 13 KOs), and former IBO light middleweight champion Attila Kovács (33-4, 19 KOs). Also featured will be former amateur star and Olympian Imre Szellő, who in only his second pro fight will face Gyula Bozai (12-6-1, 9 KOs) for the Hungarian cruiserweight belt.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Fernando Angulo 138.90 vs Daniel López 139
(WBA Fedecaribe súper lightweight title)
Máximo James 150.50 vs Jesús Ponce 147
Mario Mina 171.20 vs Eliecer Caballero 172
Venue: Coliseo Ruminahui,Quito
Promoter: Promotores Asociados
Ross Pearson had it all planned out. He was going to beat Abel Trujillo this Saturday night in Bangor, Maine, then call out fellow Ultimate Fighter alum Gray Maynard for an end of the year bout. It was a good plan, but everyone knows how plans go in mixed martial arts . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime
Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions hosted the final press conference earlier Thursday for this Saturday’s world championship tripleheader from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. In a three-fight Showtime telecast, IBF welterweight world champion “ShowTime” Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend against fellow unbeaten Kell Brook 32-0, 22 KOs), WBC super middleweight world champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) will risk his 168-pound belt in a grudge rematch against unbeaten Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs), and undefeated Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (23-0-1, 17 KOs) will put up his WBC lightweight world championship against mandatory challenger Daniel “Tremendo” Estrada (32-2-1, 24 KOs).
The telecast will be preceded by two important bouts on Showtime Extreme as undefeated heavyweight Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) will take on Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs) in a 10-round match and former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño De Oro” Linares (36-3, 23 KOs) will be opposed by Ira Terry (26-11, 16 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight match.
Both Wilder and Linares are mandatory challengers and a victory away from fighting for a world title in the near future; Wilder against WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne and Linares against the Figueroa-Estrada winner.
Speaking before a large contingent of media from the Southern California area and UK, Porter needed a little crowd participation to make his one and only point when it was his turn to talk at the dais. “Let’s let him [Brook] know what time it is,” Porter yelled as he stepped up to the mic. Some in the audience responded, “It’s “Showtime!”
After repeating this, Porter then stared down at a still-seated Brook and said. “I think you know what time it is. Saturday night I’m going to make sure you know what time it is.” Porter said thank you and then sat down. (more…)
Photos: Mark Zerof – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
Former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and super lightweight contender Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor held a kickoff press conference at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on Thursday to formally announce their upcoming showdown on September 6. Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) will return to his hometown of Cincinnati for the first time in two years and will face Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round super lightweight bout in the main event of a Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader from U.S. Bank Arena.
In the co-feature, former WBA super lightweight world champion Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse (35-3, 33 KOs) will square off with Mexico’s highly touted Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (31-0-1, 24 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout. Opening the telecast will be the return of former welterweight world champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) against an opponent to be announced.
Joining Broner and Taylor at Thursday’s press conference were undefeated bantamweight prospect Rau’Shee Waren,(who will fight on the undercard), Broner’s trainer Mike Stafford, Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions Eric Gomez and CEO of R& R Promotions Andrew Williams. (more…)
Sam Soliman doesn’t seem all that anxious to fight Gennady Golovkin. More
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By Karl Freitag
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (19-0, 11 KOs), who hasn’t been seen in a boxing ring since March 2013 due to a dispute with promoter Sauerland Event, resurfaced this week in a YouTube video with Finnish goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen. The video so far has 347,246 views as “The Nordic Nightmare” shows the pro goalie how to punch a ball. Hopefully we’ll see Helenius punching some opponents again in the ring more sooner than later.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Max Fonfara/Team Fonfara
26-year old Andrew Fonfara (25-3, 15 KO), one of the new up and coming top light heavyweights, signed a multi-year contract with Al Haymon today. Mark Fonfara, the fighter’s brother and manager, spoke with Fightnews.com about this new development in the “Polish Prince’s” career. His first fight with Haymon as adviser? November 1, in Chicago.
How hard was this decision?
Mark Fonfara: I did not actively look to sign a contract with Al Haymon. I was not even thinking about it when we were approached. It was an easy, painless decision because Andrew was treated with respect by somebody with very considerable influence in the sport of professional boxing. I will not divulge the specifics but there are lot of interesting possibilities, there’s a plan behind this contract. The contract is valid starting today. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Ryan Breese 167.2 vs Opeti Tagivenilala 173.7
Suzie Ramadan 115.9 vs Muaylek Sithsaithong TBA
Jason Maloney 121.9 vs Ngaotawan Sithsaithong TBA
Ibrahim Balla 121.9 lb vs Patomsith Pathompothong TBA
Jayde Mitchell 180 vs Travis Barton 179.6
Daniel Smith 154.1 vs Kolby Johnston 153.6
Venue: Melbourne Pavillion, Victoria
Promoter: Barry Michael
On September 29, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will present a heavyweight showdown between former light heavyweight world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs), who returns to action for the first time since November, 2013, against top contender and Wladimir Klitschko trainer Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs) at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
Antonio Tarver: “I’m happy to be back in the ring and fighting in Texas for the first time. A win over Johnathon Banks is just what I need to get my shot at the heavyweight title. To come back to boxing on the same day that my son, Antonio Jr. makes his pro-debut; that’s even more rewarding.”
Johnathon Banks: “Tarver is a crafty veteran who deserves respect for what he’s done in the sport, but his time has passed and I’ll remind him of that on September 29.” (more…)
Rustam Nugaev 134 vs. Denis Shafikov135
Jose Pedraza 132 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez 132
Francisco Santana 146.5 vs. Luis Alfredo Lugo 145
Rufino Serrano 125 vs. Khabir Suleymanov 125
Edwin Sandoval 125 vs. Lyonell Kelly 125
Makani Sarellano 263 vs. Andrew Tinae 258
Carlos Samuel Lopez 161 vs. Azamat Umarzada 159.5
The ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast begins Friday August 15, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Tickets priced $35, $50, $65, $85, and $95 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Chumash Casino Box office or online at HERE. Doors open at 5:00 P.M, first fight starts at 5:30 P.M.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Shawn Miller 174.4 vs. Frankie Filippone 173
(For Miller’s WBF North American title)
Vincent Miranda 182.6 vs. Rayford Johnson 182.2
Michael Pryor 143.6 vs. Aaron Williamson 149
Kimdo Bethel Boykin 226.8 vs. Aaron Kinch 253
Joe Gbolo 136 vs. Phil Nazario 134.6
Will Madera 137 vs. Victor Vazquez 133.4
Louis King 176 vs. 173.8
Promoter: Take It Light Promotions (Linda Miller)
Venue: Saratoga Springs City Center
Match Maker: Diana Rodriguez
Doors Open: 6 p.m., First Bell: 7:30
Report/Photos: Bob Ryder
Anthony Barnes 166.6 vs Darryl Fields 163.2
Junior Wright 204.4 vs Marlon Hayes 208
Ed Williams 151 vs Jose Araguz 145
Dorrell Van Horn Jr 163.4 vs Pete Cajigas TBD
Dewayne Zeigler 138.4 vs Tony Wallker 138.4
Calie Cutler 130 vs Tiana Barber 127
Michael Portillo 145.2 vs Bernard Webster 144
Craig Lewis 218 vs Ray Lopez 240.8
Anthony Gallerani 122.8 vs Carlos Alcala TBD
Leandre White 160.6 vs Quincy Brown 155
James Ballard 172.2 vs Robert Ptasenski 162.8
Promoter: KP Boxing (George & John Kaltsas)
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre
Doors: 6 PM, First Fight, 7:30
In keeping with Mexican Independence Day tradition, Mayweather Promotions has assembled a stellar undercard featuring some of this era’s most exciting boxers to co-feature on “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ on Saturday,September 13 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on SHOWTIME PPV.
Featured on the four-fight pay-per-view telecast, fan favorite Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz will put his WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship on the line in a 12-round championship bout against Mexican contender Manuel “Suavecito” Roman, plus Tijuana-Baja’s pride Miguel “Títere” Vazquez defends his IBF Lightweight World Championship against Mayweather Promotions’ rising star Mickey “The Spirit” Bey. In the opening bout on pay per view, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo returns to the ring against James De La Rosa in a 10-round bout.
Rounding out a sensational night of televised fights, SHOWTIME will present a live 10-round Jr. welterweight bout between John Molina Jr. and Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto on “COUNTDOWN LIVE” (SHO, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) immediately preceding the SHOWTIME PPV telecast. (more…)
PPV: WBC super bantamweight title
Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) vs. Manuel Roman (17-2-3, 6 KOs)
PPV: IBF lightweight title
Miguel Vazquez (34-3, 13 KOs) vs. Mickey Bey (20-1-1, 10 KOs)
Alfredo Angulo (22-4, 18 KOs) vs. James De la Rosa (22-2, 13 KOs)
PPV preshow: Super lightweight
Humberto Soto (64-8-2, 35 KOs) vs. John Molina (27-4, 22 KOs)
Leo Santa Cruz vs Manuel Roman Miguel Vasquez vs Mickey Bey Alfredo Angulo vs James De La Rosa John Molina Jr vs Humberto Soto #Mayhem
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 14, 2014
Scott Harrison has finally had his boxing license reinstated by the British Boxing Board of Control. The Stewards of the Board made the decision to renew former two-time WBO world featherweight champion Harrison’s license – which was revoked on the 22nd of September 2013 – at their meeting in Cardiff on Wednesday the 13th of August.
“I had my boxing license reinstated on the 11th of June, subject to me providing the Board with some paperwork before they would grant me permission to box,” Harrison said. “It’s a relief to have my licence fully reinstated. It’s been a long struggle over the year, fighting to get my licence back, but I am now looking forward to returning to my profession and getting my career back on track. I believe I have a few more titles left in me and I have always kept myself in good condition. There will be news soon about my next fight, which should be in October.”
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In other Scott Harrison news, he was reportedly arrested on charges of assaulting a woman on August 11, pleaded not guilty today and released on bail. A trial is set for February.
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Jeanette Salazar – IBF
Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer picked up a new piece of hardware to go along with his red and gold IBF belt on Wednesday. IBF president Daryl Peoples made the trip to the City of Brotherly Love to catch up on some old housekeeping that was long overdue. In a special ceremony at a North Philly hair salon owned by Brewer and his wife Sofia, The Hatchet received a brand new IBF championship ring, an award given to champions who have made three successful title defenses.
Brewer, who won the IBF crown with a with a 5th round TKO of Gary Ballard, did make three defenses – W12 Joey DeGrandis, TKO10 Herol Graham, and TKO3 Antoine Byrd – but those fights were back in 1997 and 1998. Somehow, Brewer’s accomplishment fell through the cracks and he didn’t receive his ring until today – 15 years after that third successful title defense.
“It has been a long time coming,” said Daryl Peoples at the event today. “But the IBF has finally had the opportunity to recognize Charles for his accomplishment. It is a recognition that is much deserved, and I am glad to be here to present Charles with his championship ring.” (more…)
Fist of Power, the new weekly one-hour television boxing program which is broadcast throughout China, will presents its first live boxing event on Tuesday, August 26. Emanating from the Mercedes-Benz Center in Shanghai, China, the live telecast of Fist of Power will feature Ik Yang (15-0, 9 KOs), of Dalian China in a 10-round junior welterweight bout against Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-2, 8 KOs), of Roi-Et, Thailand. The co-main event will feature top ten contenders Randy Petalcorin (21-1-1, 16 KOs), of General Santos, Philippines, battling Walter Tello (20-7, 8 KOs), of Puerto Armuelles, Panama for the vacant WBA interim light flyweight world title. Fist Power is the latest joint venture from Top Rank, SECA and Sands China Ltd., who have been building the growth of boxing in the People’s Republic of China by producing and promoting six world championship events in Macao over the past 15 months.
“I am excited to be the main fighter on the debut live telecast of Fist of Power. I am not going to disappoint my supporters!” said Yang, who is trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
IBF welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) and undefeated top rated welterweight Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) held separate workouts Wednesday afternoon at the Fabela Chavez Boxing Gym in Carson, California in preparation for their Saturday night showdown on Showtime Championship Boxing.
“I love that we are both undefeated, a great story, a great fight. I know he’s a good fighter, he’s undefeated and I know I’ll take that O from him,” Porter told Fightnews.com
The undefeated Brook told us “It’s a great opportunity. I’m here for a reason. It’s my time now. I see him come forward, you have to tip your hat to him. H’s tough and game. It’s going to be a dogfight at times and sometimes boxing.” (more…)
When the UFC lands in Maine for the first time ever this weekend, the preliminary portion of the card only runs four fights deep, but there are some great matchups, including two pivotal fights amongst ranked fighters in the flyweight and women’s bantamweight divisions . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Middleweight Martin Murray’s charge to the world championship will continue on another Golden Gloves bill that takes place in Monaco on October 25. The card will be staged at the glittering Salles des’Etoiles, which hosted the Golden Gloves Super Eight event and has also featured superstars from the world of music.
Having established himself in the principality with a dominant performance in June, Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) returns for his second outing there against rugged Domenico Spada (38-5, 19 KOs) of Italy, rated #8 by the WBC. It marks the first defense of Murray’s WBC Silver belt.
The event also includes three other championship fights.
Dual champion Hekkie Budler (26-1, 9 KOs) of South Africa, holder of the WBA and IBO strawweight titles, defends against former champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (24-5-1, 14 KOs). American Randy Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs), the IBF #1, will venture out of California to fight IBF #3 and former world champion Stuart Hall (18-3-2, 7 KOs) of the UK for the IBF bantamweight belt. This bout will be presented in association with Dennis Hobson Promotions. And big-hitting light-heavyweight Ryno Liebenberg (16-0, 11 KOs) of South Africa, ranked #6 by the WBC, will put both his WBC Silver belt and his unbeaten record on the line against Canada-based Colombian Eleider Alvarez (15-0, 8 KOs), who is also undefeated and rated #11. This fight will be presented in association with Groupe Yvon Michel. (more…)
Frank Bruno talks about the good ol’ days. More
Ricky Hatton says no to Lucas Browne vs. Joseph Parker. More
Ode to old time boxer Spider Kelly. More
By Jerry Glick at ringside
Photos: Ed Diller / DiBella Entertainment
Junior welterweight Elio Rojas put on a free swinging show that often slipped into a wrestling match with opponent Robert Osiobe, (14-10-4, 6 KOs), in the main event at BB Kings in Times Square, NY on the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series. The former WBC Featherweight World Champion Rojas, (24-2, 14 KOs), showed little ring rust from being out of action for two and a half years as he continually used his superior speed and skills to win the rounds. Osiobe lost a point in the fifth round for holding. Rojas tried to keep it at long range, sometimes fighting with his gloves at his side or low and would toss quick combinations as Osiobe attempted to bring the battle inside. Rojas is a former 126 pound champion and now is campaigning at junior welterweight but has been able to maintain his speed. The Judges scored it 80-71 twice and 79-72. Arthur Mercante refereed.
Even with a fast growing hematoma on his forehead that became monstrous by the end of the eight round fight, underdog, super middleweight Derrick Findley, (2-13-1, 13 KOs), still managed to score two knockdowns, the first with a leaping left hook to the head in round four and the second the result of a hard right to the head over prospect Lamar Russ. The taller Russ, (14-2, 7 KOs), used his speed and reach to box throwing long jabs and quick combinations,to raise that huge lump on Findley’s head. Nevertheless, Findley used pressure to stay inside negating his opponent’s reach advantage to win the rounds? The doctors kept checking Findley’s injury but let the action continue. All three judges gave it to Finley by scores of 77-72, 76-73, and 75-74. Arthur Mercanti refereed. (more…)
Challenge accepted. Unbeaten Puerto Rican prospects Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo and Jose ‘Wonder Boy’ Lopez are ready for the toughest fights of their respective careers this Saturday August 16 at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum. Verdejo (13-0 10 KO’s) will fight for the first time in a eight round bout when he faces against Chile’s rugged Oscar ‘La Maquina’ Bravo (21-5 9 KO’s) in the main event of the card.
“I hope my opponent is prepared so we can give the fans what they deserve a great fight,” said Verdejo during the final press conference in Puerto Rico. Ricky Márquez Verdejo’s trainer and manager assured ‘El Diamante’ is ready to get another win this Saturday. “Felix has prepared for a war. We are very well prepared,” said Marquez. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Saturdays’ BKB (Big Knockout Boxing) event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center will be reported as boxing results to boxing’s official record keeper FightFax and will be included on the fighters’ official boxing records. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, BKB is classified as professional boxing, albeit with a variation of the traditional boxing rules. The combatants will be using conventional boxing gloves, however they will be boxing in a 17 foot diameter pit with no ropes. Rounds will be two minutes each and bouts will be five or seven rounds. Established boxers Bryan Vera (23-8, 14 KOs) and Gabe Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) meet in the main event. Other notable boxers seeing action will be “King” David Estrada (26-6, 16 KOs) and Carson Jones (35-10-3, 25 KOs) in separate bouts. The card is on pay-per-view.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) could defend his title against fellow Mexican ring legend Jorge “Travieso” Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) on September 20 in Arce’s hometown of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, inside a new 10,000-seat event center bearing Arce’s name. Promoters Fernando Beltrán of Zanfer Promociones and Reginaldo Küchle of Promociones del Pueblo are hoping to officially announce the bout next week. The fight would be broadcast simultaneously on both TV Azteca and Televisa.
Friday’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights will feature an IBF eliminator between lightweight contender Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) and former lightweight title challenger Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 17 KOs). The winner of the 12-round fight will be ranked #1 by the IBF and become the mandatory challenger for IBF lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez. Nugaev has won his last five fights, including a fourth-round TKO over Marvin Quintero on FNF in March. Shafikov is looking to rebound from a 12-round unanimous decision loss to defending titlist Vasquez.
“Shafikov recently fought for the IBF world title but came up short against Miguel Vasquez,” Nugaev said. “That is his only loss, so I know he can fight. He does a lot of things well in the ring, and I’m going to have to be smart when we fight. I feel I have the power to slow him down and get him out of there before the final bell rings. This will be an all-out war and the fans will be pleased with my performance.”
Friday’s show takes place at the Chumash Resort & Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
By Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) looked sharp in a public training session Wednesday in Helsinki, Finland. Th champion was in the country to kickoff the pre-fight build up for his world title defense against unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) on September 20 at the famed Hartwell Arena in Helsinki. This will be the first world championship boxing match held in Finland since 1962.
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