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On Saturday, Shefat Isufi (17-2-2) will take on Poland’s Dariusz Sek (22-2-1) for the vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council light heavyweight belt at the famous Circus Krone in Munich, Germany. Isufi won the EPBC cruiserweight title in March and is coming back down to his natural weight of 175 lbs. when he faces the experience Sek who prepared for the fight sparring some rounds with no other than IBF/WBO/WBA champion Sergey Kovalev. Isufi weighed 174.6 and Sek 174.8. Things heated up a little at the stare down when Isufi nearly headbutted his opponent after the Polish warrior came a little too close.
The promoter is heavyweight Alexander Petkovic’s Petko’s LMS Box Promotion. Petkovic is considering hanging up the gloves to fully focus on his career as a promoter. The card will be broadcast live on Sport1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and PolSat in Poland.
Former world champion Manny Pacquiao was not amused by the video posted on social media by Floyd Mayweather.
“We should understand Floyd Mayweather Jr. because of his family background. He hailed from a family of ex-convicts and he himself is an ex-convict. We could not blame him because his action just showed the kind of family upbringing he had,” said Pacman through his Public Information Officer (PIO) Aqui Zonio to various news outlets.
“It only reminds me of what he did to his ex-wife. I hope he would find time to reflect on his life and repent for the sins he committed in the past.”
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Ramon Alvarez 154 vs. Richard Gutierrez 154
David Carmona 115 vs. Warlito Parrenas 113
(WBO interim super flyweight title)
Hernan Marquez 116 vs. Jose Alfredo Tirado 117.1
Enrique Bernache 119 vs. Emanuel Navarrete 119
Jose de Jesus Macias 151 vs. Gabriel Agramon 151
Roberto Sanchez 121 vs. Oscar Talla 121
Venue: Centro de Usos Multiples, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico), UniMas/Bein Sports (USA)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Cesar Ceron
Pedro Guevara 107.8 vs. Ganigan Lopez 107.8
(WBC light flyweight title)
Alberto Guevara 118.1 vs. Oscar Blanquet 119
Mario Lozano 154 vs. Michel Rosales 154
Venue: Centro de Usos Múltiples, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (in Mexico)
During the WBC’s 52nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the WBC Board of Governors approved the creation of the South Continent Boxing Federation (FECONSUR). FECONSUR replaces the former South American Boxing Federation (FESUBOX) as a WBC affiliated federation in South America region. The WBC Board elected Don Carlos Rodriguez as the President of FECONSUR. Championship fights for the new organization will be announced soon.
Unbeaten WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith Thurman had an inspirational boxing meeting of the give-back kind on Thursday at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Tampa. Thurman and his team visited the hospital in advance of his July 11 title fight on “Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN” series live from Tampa. Thurman, promoter Leon Margules and trainer Dan Birmingham spent over three hours with the brave children and staff at Shriners.
“These kids are the true champs,” said Thurman. “From toddlers to teens, hearing their stories, spending time with them and answering their questions about boxing, it gave me so much inspiration. The work Shriners does is just amazing. I’m #TeamShriners all the way.”
Former Fighter of the Year and five-division world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire and 2012 U.S. Olympian and undefeated super lightweight contender Jose Ramírez will headline “Victory at The Venetian,” on the Saturday, July 18 edition of Solo Boxeo Tecate, which will be televised from The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena via same-day delay in the U.S. on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Donaire, of the Philippines, in the hunt for another world title shot, will be taking on France’s Anthony Settoul in a 10-round super bantamweight battle. Ramírez, who hails from central California, will open the telecast in an eight-round super lightweight bout against Ryusei Yoshida, of Japan.
The exciting undercard, which will be streamed live to the U.S., beginning at 6:00 a.m. ET via www.toprank.tv, will feature undefeated #1 contender, Cesar “El Distinto” Cuenca, who is just three victories away from tying Rocky Marciano’s hallowed 49-0 record, taking on undefeated No. 2 contender “Ik” Lian Hui Yang, who will attempt to become China’s second professional boxer to win a world title. Cuenca and Yang will clash for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title. The live stream will also feature #1 world-rated lightweight contender Denis “Genghis Khan” Shafikoiv, of Russia, and undefeated #4 world-rated junior bantamweight contender Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso, from Hong Kong, in separate bouts. (more…)
WBO #7 flyweight “Elephant Fist” Kwanpichit SibsamrienExpress (31-1-2, 15 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Ramadhan Kumbele (20-9-2, 9 KOs) from Tanzania to retain his WBO Oriental title on Friday at the Thongsuk University in Bangkok, Thailand. You might remember Kwanpichit as the Manny Pacquiao look-a-like who lost to Zou Shiming last November in Macao.
The event was promoted by M-150 OneSongchai.
WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz will take on former three-division champion Abner Mares on August 29 at Staples Center in Los Angeles according to the Los Angeles Times.
Congratulations to Main Events’ matchmaker Jolene Mizzone and Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman, who will be named NABF Matchmaker of the Year at the annual NABF convention.
Mizzone has been a staple at Main Events for close to two decades. She began as the company’s receptionist and steadily worked her way up to Vice President of Operations and Matchmaker. Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, “Jolene is the only woman in the world making championship-level fights. She’s a pioneer. She’s works so hard and has accomplished so much. She truly deserves this recognition and we are so happy to have her at Main Events. Congratulations, Jo!”
German heavyweight prospect Tom Schwarz (12-0, 8 KOs) is taking on veteran “Sandman” Konstantin Airich (21-11-2, 17 KOs) on the July 11 Chagaev-Pianeta card in Magdeburg, Germany. Airich has lost seven of his last nine, but he’s still a step up for Schwarz.
A fight nearly two years in the making will finally come to fruition Friday, July 17th, 2015 as super middleweight Vladine Biosse faces Chris Chatman in the main event of CES Boxing’s “Rhode To Redemption” show at Twin River Casino. Chatman guarantees a win over “Mr. Providence” in a fight he’s lobbied for since his most noteworthy victory at Twin River, a 2013 split-decision win over hometown favorite Thomas Falowo.
“I’m going to f–k Vla up, plain and simple,” Chatman said. “This is personal for me, and I need to thank Vla, actually, because it’s been a while since I’ve had this rage in me. I’ve always had a love for the sport I’m in, but it’s been a while since I’ve had that fire that’s burning, that killer instinct. Right now, you throw sportsmanship out the window. This is going to be a fight. It’s not even going to be a fight. I’m going to massacre Vladine.” (more…)
Thursday night’s war in Los Angeles between super lightweights Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez (26-3, 21 KOs) and Hevinson Herrera (17-11-1, 11 KOs) featured fierce exchanges and moments of danger for both fighters before Gonzalez ultimately got a referee’s stoppage in round three.
Here what the fighters said afterward:
Gilberto Gonzalez: “He landed some good shots, and he’s a tough guy. In the end, I think the referee made the right choice. I was hitting him a lot, and the referee made a good choice. I’m glad I was able to put on a great show and come away with such a decisive win.”
Hevinson Herrera: “The ref shouldn’t have stopped it, plain and simple. I knew I had him hurt, and my biggest mistake was that I wore myself out trying to finish him because I knew I could end it.”
One week before WBA world heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev steps into the ring to defend his title against Francesco Pianeta at GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany, the World Boxing Association (WBA) appointed the ring officials. Russell Mora from Las Vegas will be the third man in the ring, the judges are Philipp Verbeke (Belgium), Manuel Palomo (Spain) and Hector Guillot (Venezuela). BDB President Thomas Puetz will be the WBA Supervisor and is looking forward to the event.
“This will be a huge night for German boxing,” says Puetz. “World Heavyweight Championships are always special. It is an honor for me to be appointed as supervisor. Both Ruslan and Francesco are licensed with the BDB and I have known them for many years. They are excellent boxers and I expect an exciting and close fight. May the best man win!” (more…)
By David Finger
The July 3rd El Paso boxing show featuring WBC #4 ranked super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (50-11, 27 KOs) has been postponed for one week. The card will still take place at Buchanan’s Event Center and all previously purchased tickets will still be honored.
“We are not here to be fighting with other promoters,” Tejanito Promotions said on their Facebook page (in reference to the fact that two competing cards were scheduled to take place on July 3rd in El Paso). “We respect other promoters making fights, that’s why we decided (to do) this.” (more…)
Conor McGregor has no use for the term “interim title.” When he steps into the Octagon against Chad Mendes at UFC 189, he says it will be for the real UFC featherweight belt . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Ugandan women fighting odds to fight for titles
Promoter in Edinburgh hopes to bring back big boxing
Unbeaten Irish slugger Jamie Conlon on the rise
Amir Khan still hoping to entice Floyd Mayweather
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) comes to Bounce TV on Sunday, August 2 with the debut of the new monthly series, PBC – The Next Round. The main event for the series premiere features WBA “undisputed” bantamweight champion Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (16-0, 8 KOs) against Rau’shee “Nuke” Warren (13-0, 4 KOs) at Full Sail Live, a state-of-the-art performance venue on the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Both fighters are Olympians – Payano for the Dominican Republic and Warren is a three-time Olympian for the United States.
Also featured is a two-fight WBC tournament in the junior middleweight division. Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Johnson (17-1, 9 KOs) takes on the knockout machine Jorge Cota (24-1, 22 KOs), plus Olympian John Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs) faces Dennis Laurente (49-5, 30 KOs). The winners of the two bouts will face-off on a date to be announced soon.
Golden Boy Promotions’ next LA Fight Club card will take place on August 6 with featherweight Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (14-0, 8 KOs) facing Hugo “Guerrero” Partida (21-5-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round fight at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Also on the card, featherweight Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (18-0-1, 13 KOs) and super bantamweight Roy “Pitbull” Tapia (10-0-2, 5 KOs) will face opponents to be named.
In a very exciting fight, super lightweight Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez (26-3, 21 KOs) scored a wild third round TKO over late sub Hevinson Herrera (17-11-1, 11 KOs) on Thursday night at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Herrera rocked Gonzalez in round two and had him hurt, but Gonzalez stormed back later in the round and had Herrera in trouble at the bell. In round three, Gonzalez went down from a slip and injured his right knee. He chose to continue and literally limped after Herrera, trapping him in a corner and unloading heavy shots until the bout was waved off by referee Wayne Hedgepeth. Time was 1:49. The big-punching “El Flaco” scored his seventh consecutive KO win.
Undefeated featherweight Diego “The Golden Kid” de la Hoya (11-0, 7 KOs) scored an explosive fourth round TKO over Jose “Hollywood” Estrella (14-7-1, 10 KOs). A de la Hoya right hand knocked Estrella through the ropes and onto the ring apron. Estrella rolled back under the bottom rope and was pummeled by de la Hoya until referee Lou Moret waved it off. Time was 2:36. Diego is the cousin of “The Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya. (more…)
By David Finger
Citing “unforeseen circumstances”, Golden Eagle Promotions announced on their Facebook page that the upcoming July 11th “Win or Die” fight card featuring former middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio is cancelled. “We are very sorry to have to come to this decision,” the post added, “but Golden Eagle Promotions would like to thank boxing fans for their support.” Rubio was returning after a KO loss to WBA world champion Gennady Golovkin last October.
Golden Eagle Promotions also assured fans that their August 1st card scheduled for El Paso was still a go, although there is no word as of yet who will be fighting in the main event.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
WBC light flyweight champion Pedro “Pedrin” Guevara (25-1-1, 17 KOs) and mandatory challenger Ganigan Lopez (25-5, 15 KOs) faced off for fans at Mazatlan’s famous Glorieta Sanchez Taboada cliff diving location. Both fighters announced that they are ready for Saturday’s clash at the Cenreo de Usos Multiples in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Guevara made his intentions very clear. “I will knock out Ganigan Lopez and there is nothing and no one who can help him!”
Guevara, who will be making the second defense, prepared for the bout at the Otomi Ceremonial Center along with his brother Alberto “Metro” Guevara, who faces Oscar “De La Renta” Blanquet in the co-feature. The card is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and televised in Mexico on Televisa. photos
WBA “interim” minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (11-0, 6 KOs) retained his belt with a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten Alexis Diaz (16-1, 10 KOs) on Tuesday night in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Time of the stoppage was 2:45. It was the 24-year-old Freshmart’s second defense of the title. By the way, Freshmart’s real name is Thammanoon Niyomtrong. Thai fighters often take the name of their sponsors.
Undefeated WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) defends his belt against former world champion Luis Collazo on July 11 in the inaugural Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN event at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. “I’m looking forward to July 11 in Tampa Bay, Florida defending my world title in my hometown,” said Thurman earlier this week. “Me and my whole team are truly excited. We respect Luis Collazo and we’re looking forward to having a great performance and challenge on July 11.
With his exciting style and engaging personality, and fighting in one of boxing’s most popular divisions, Thurman seems to have all the ingredients to being a major star in boxing. “Right now I believe I’m one of the most talked about welterweights currently in the division,” says Thurman. “The fans are loving my excitement and they loved the last showdown with Robert Guerrero on the opener for NBC. Now we’re opening ESPN and it’s another blessing it’s a pleasure. I believe Al (Haymon) is recognizing my hard work and dedication to the sport and we’re just going to try to keep moving forward man and hopefully just live up to the hype.”
After going the distance in his last two fights, Thurman doesn’t believe his reputation as a “knockout artist” has diminished. “At the end of the day I still hold one of the highest knockout ratios in the welterweight division,” stated Thurman. “At this level, no fighter is coming to get knocked out, they know what they’re up against and they know they’re up against dangerous fighters. The number one rule in boxing is protect yourself at all times and they’re aware of that. They’re trying to box hard, they’re trying to be crafty and outdo me but you can watch both fights and there was still a knockdown in both fights.
“The Bundu fight happened in the first round the Guerrero happened in the ninth round. So the punching power is there from the beginning to the end. We want the knockouts, for the fans and for the publicity that lives up to the name “One Time”. But at the end of the day we still just want to be a champion and we’ll do whatever it takes to stay champion.”
UFC® is proud to announce its largest-ever roster of UFC superstars, UFC Hall of Famers and legends for UFC Fan Expo®, taking place Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian/Palazzo, as part of its 4th Annual UFC International Fight Week™ . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Attorneys for boxing manager Al Haymon say Top Rank suit is baseless.
Boxing promoter probed by cops after Facebook posting
First trailer reveal for boxing pic “Creed”
Childhood home of Muhammad Ali gets a facelift
An eight-round heavyweight attraction has been added to the August 8th boxing event at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) in Hyannis, MA as Pembroke native Vinnie Carita (9-1-1, 9 KO’s) will take on Mexico’s Francisco Mireles (17-9, 5 KO’s). This fight marks an interesting contrast in styles and size. Carita has fought most of his career as a cruiserweight weighing in at 195-pounds in his most recent bout. Mireles, on the other hand, weighed in for his most recent fight at 252-pounds and will have a clear size advantage.
“If he tries to use his size advantage to impose his will on me, I’ll use my speed advantage to try to outbox him” Carita said recently, “but if the fight turns into a slugfest, remember I’ve got nine knockouts in nine wins. You don’t get paid by the hour in boxing, and I have no problem knocking him out.” (more…)
Gilberto Gonzalez 139.4 vs. Hevinson Herrera 139
Diego de la Hoya 123.3 vs. Jose Estrella 123.8
Oscar Negrete 120 vs. Ramiro Robles 123
Melsik Baghdasaryan 145.6 vs. Abraham Calderon 146
Emilio Sanchez 121.8 vs. Jose Cen-Torres 123.4
Venue: Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Deportes
No direct response from Al Haymon, but the Premier Boxing Champions website has released a statement from Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel, the law firm representing Haymon and his affiliated entities:
On behalf of our clients Alan Haymon, Haymon Boxing LLC, Haymon Sports LLC and Haymon Holdings LLC:
The lawsuit filed today by Bob Arum and Top Rank is entirely without merit and is a cynical attempt by boxing’s old guard to use the courts to undermine the accessibility, credibility and exposure of boxing that the sport so desperately needs.
The Premier Boxing Champions series makes boxing free again, by bringing championship boxing to free TV, with a fighter-first promise and a commitment to the fans to restore boxing to the luster of its heyday. The continued success of this effort will far outlast this baseless lawsuit.
Golden Boy Promotions Founder and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya released the following statement today in the wake of Top Rank Boxing’s lawsuit against Al Haymon and his affiliated entities:
Oscar de la Hoya: “I applaud Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing for stepping up on behalf of fighters not only in their own stable, but all across the sport. Those like Bob and myself who have spent the bulk of their lives around boxing understand that the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act is a crucial piece of legislation that serves to protect boxers and enhance the sport. Golden Boy Promotions will continue to push forward with our own lawsuit to ensure our wonderful sport continues to grow in a competitive, just manner.”
Background on GBP Lawsuit: On May 6, 2015, Golden Boy Promotions filed a $300 million lawsuit against Al Haymon and his related companies alleging repeated violation of antitrust laws and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. The case was filed in Federal Court in Los Angeles.
By Karl Freitag
Today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Top Rank filed a lawsuit against Al Haymon, Haymon Boxing LLC, Haymon Sports LLC, Haymon Holdings LLC, Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. and Media Group Holdings LLC. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, the Sherman Antitrust Act, and a host of other state and federal laws.
Allegations against Haymon and his affiliated entities include:
- Inducing professional boxers to enter unlawful “tie out” agreements, which prevent the boxers (whose interests Haymon purports to represent) from freely contracting with legitimate promoters.
Illegally acting as both a manager and a promoter; fraudulently operating in the promotion business through a network of “sham” promoters.
Blocking legitimate promoters’ access to major venues through fraud, overbooking, and other unlawful means.
Engaging in a new form of “payola” to prevent legitimate promoters from access to television broadcasters through exclusive dealing, overbooking, and other unlawful means.
The lawsuit is seeking damages in the sum of $100 million (and that such damages be trebled, pursuant to Title 15 of the U.S. Code).
Top Rank is also seeking an injunction, permanently and pending final judgment in the case, precluding Haymon and the defendants from having any direct or indirect financial interest in the promotion of bouts featuring boxers they manage, from acting as both boxing managers and promoters, from presenting boxing matches on television featuring such boxers, or from arranging the arenas, sponsors and/or television broadcasts of boxing matches featuring boxers they manage, from directing or otherwise causing boxers not to sign written contracts with Top Rank or other promoters, from attempting, in any way, to prevent Top Rank from obtaining venues or other essential facilities for the boxing matches Top Rank promotes, from attempting in any other way to monopolize the business of promoting championship-caliber boxers in the United States.
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr.
Cruiserweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy battled back from the brink of disaster Tuesday night to stop Paul Parker in the 10-round main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. The LA-based puncher pulled himself off the floor twice in round one and averted a big upset by somehow surviving the round. Parker pounded away but ran out of time in the opening round. After that, Parker’s window closed quickly and Shabranskyy took control of the fight. Parker tired badly and couldn’t lay a glove on Shabranskyy beginning in round two. In round three Shabranskyy’s power punches started taking their toll, and it became obvious that the end was near.
However, in round one it was all Parker. Midway through the round, a pair of right hands staggered and dropped Shabranskyy. It was a sudden twist in a fight that was expected to be a cakewalk for the Ukrainian.
He climbed to his feet, but was clearly dazed and still in trouble. Moments later another right from Parker sent Shabranskyy to the canvas again. The upset appeared certain. However, Shabranskyy showed his durability, and the clock and Parker’s conditioning gave him a break. The bell sounded, ending the first round, and as it turned out, the scare was over. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
WBC lightweight world champion Jorge Linares could defend his championship in his native Venezuela. There has been talks with local promoter Jupiter Fight Boxing, who would stage the event against an opponent to be determined.
“I have a great desire to defend my title in my country and am very grateful for this possibility and opportunity. Just missing the opponent and date. I’m very happy with the reception given in my country, for the support, and because this is a big project for Venezuelan boxing,” stated Linares.
A source said that a contract was signed for the next defense of Linares, possibly in Venezuela, in October but date and opponent are not defined. The agreement includes the rights of image and representation of Linares in Venezuela.
By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: Roc Nation Sports
After Andre Ward returned to the ring at the Oracle Center, in Oakland, California, FightNews caught up with the COO of Roc Nation Sports, David Itskowitch and discussed what the atmosphere was like during the weigh-in, on fight night and what is next for Andre Ward.
When asked about the weight issues surrounding the fight, Itskowitch was just as surprised as we were.
At first I was shocked because when we were negotiating the fight with Matchroom and Paul, they wanted the fight to be lighter, they wanted the fight at 170lbs, which was kind of surprising to me that he came in as heavy as he did. Speaking to Eddie and to Paul, they said it was a miscalculation on his part and how much weight he would be able to lose in the normal course of his weight.
Itskowitch also shone a light on Ward’s determination to continue to fight and how he was gracious enough to return Paul Smith’s fine: (more…)
This previous month two new boxers have won the WBC Francophone title. On June 20 in Montreal Hypolite Schiller defeated French Kevin Thomas Cojean on points to win the vacant supermiddle title.
The same day in Rumilly, France, Belgian Islam Teffahi unanimously outpointed local French Sebastien Madani to win the vacant superwelterweight title.
Chairman Houcine Houichi has released the July ratings of the WBC Francophone championships. The full set of ratings can be found via the below link. Bookmark it now as the latest version will always be available via this link.
With only 17 days to go before Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) locks horns with Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) in their fourth WBO World Super Middleweight title contest, the champion and his coach Ulli Wegner, yesterday, opened the doors to their training camp at the Olympic Centre in Kienbaum, Germany.
Talking to the media in attendance, Wegner revealed his pleasure at ‘King’ Arthur’s preparations. “Our training has gone better than expected,” said the 73-year-old trainer. “Arthur has even been sending cruiserweights to the canvas in sparring. Stieglitz has no hope. He knows only one tactic, and that’s just to come forward. Arthur is superior to him in every respect. That’s why I expect a clear victory on July 18. Anything else would be a disaster.” (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Two division former champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) will return to the ring on August 1 at the Morelia Bicentennial Auditorium in Michoacan, Mexico against the Japan’s Kazuki Hashimoto. The bout will be for the WBC International super featherweight title, headlining an event called “Choque de Naciones” which will be presented by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico on Televisa Deportes. Gonzalez decided to move up to the next higher division and is taking aim at the current WBC champion Takashi Miura.
He is preparing for the fight at the Nevado de Toluca volcano, more than 4680 meters above sea level, and at Mexico City’s Romanza Gym with Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio Beristain.
Also in action that night, world ranked Julio “Pollito” Ceja (26-5-3, 21 KOs) goes against Devis Perez (30-13-4, 22 KOs).
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