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OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show on Saturday in Tolfa (Rome), Italy. The main event is an all-Italian clash with European lightweight champion and IBF #3 and WBC #8 Emiliano Marsili (28-0-1, 12 KOs) defending his title against Benoit Manno (14-1, 2 KOs) after mandatory challenger Anthony Mezaache pulled out last week.
On the undercard are fights scheduled for six rounds, headed by undefeated IBF #3 and WBO #13 cruiserweight Mirko Larghetti (20-0, 12 KOs) against Attila Palko. Also former Italian super lightweight champion Andrea Scarpa (13-2, 8 KOs) will fight Jevgenijs Fjodorovs, middleweight Andrea Manco (7-0-1, 2 KOs) faces Nico Ion Lapteacru, and super middleweight Catalin Paraschiveanu (2-0, 1 KOs) meets Raimonds Sniedze. FOX SPORTS PLUS will transmit the show live at 10PM local time.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Dave Stanley, manager of newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman, told Fightnews that Sam is currently holidaying in Greece with his Greek-born wife Maria and her parents. Dave also mentioned that he’s focused on a unification bout with WBA champion Gennady Golovkin and has initiated talks with Golovkin’s management.
Heavyweight China Smith (34-4, 27 KOs) will takes on journeyman Mike Sheppard (21-16-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) North America title on June 13 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa Bay, Florida. Promoted by Jie Chen, the show has been labeled “Thunder At The Forum” and a big turn-out is expected to support “The Dragon” Smith from nearby Sarasota. The 35-year-old Smith returned to the ring last year after almost seven years on the sidelines.
Heavyweight Tony Thompson scaled 270lbs and the shorter Carlos Takam made 257lbs. They will fight Friday night at the Marcel Cerdan stadium in Levallois-Perret, Paris for the vacant WBC Silver title.
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Former heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko is officially sworn in as mayor of Kiev. More
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Listed below are weights for all of the participants in tomorrow night’s “Unstoppable” professional boxing card at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., presented by Classic Entertainment & Sports.
Rich Gingras 174.5 vs. Jaime Velazquez 175.5
Jose Ramirez 163 vs. Thomas Falowo 161
Khiary Gray-Pitts 169 vs. On’rey Towns 173
Jamal Woods 236 vs. Jesse Barboza 242
Kevin Cobbs 183 vs. Borngod Washington 186.5
John Orr 295 vs. Donnie Palmer 270
Photos: Emily Harney
In an action packed fight, super featherweight Tevin Farmer (16-4-1, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision ovre previously unbeaten WBC #14 Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Gonzalez (14-1, 7 KOs) on Thursday night at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. Farmer readily outworked Gonzalez throughout the fight to earn his ninth straight win. Scores were 100-90, 99-91, 98-92.
6’7 heavyweight Daniel Martz (11-1, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over previously unbeaten Alexis Santos (13-1, 11 KOs). In the opening of the first round Santos was knocked down and sprained his ankle. In the second round he slipped three times because of the sprain. The corner requested to end the fight at the end of round three. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Hot Puerto Rican prospect Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, (12-0, 9 KOs) works out during media day Thursday in New York City for his upcoming feature fight against Engelberto Valenzuela (8-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs Sergio Martinez.
Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto – Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden and is produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
Report/photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Yudel Jhonson 154 vs. Norberto Gonzalez 154 10 rds.
(WBC Fecarbox & NABA middleweight titles)
Sammy Vasquez 147 vs. Jay Krupp 150* 8 rds.
*Krupp’s team is negotiating with team Vasquez over Krupp’s excess weight
Ievgen Khytrov 160 vs. Chris Chatman 160 6 rds.
Isiah Thomas 181 vs. Rayco Saunders 179.5 8 rds.
Johnny Garcia 139.5 vs. John Williams 139.5 8 rds.
(WBC Latino super lightweight title)
Dennis Galarza 128.5 vs. Gadiel Andaluz 129 6 rds.
Ryan Martin 137.5 vs. Ian James 138.5 4 rds.
Sam Quinones, Jr. 139 vs. Greg Coverson, Jr. 136 6 rds.
Leo Hall 175 vs. Bob Wilder 174.5 4 rds.
Promoter: Iron Mike Productions
Venue: Turning Stone Casino Evetns Center
T.V.: ESPN2 Friday Night Fights
Doors open at 7p.m., first bell at 8 p.m., t.v. broadcast starts at 10:30 p.m.
World rated cruiserweight Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu will resume his career in the USA after a scheduled ten-round bout against Brazilian Julio Cesar Dos Santos scheduled to take place tomorrow in Pretoria, South Africa after the entire card was abruptly postponed. According to Thabiso’s co-promoter Damian Michael of Show Pony Promotions, “It is not an ideal situation when something like this happens at the last minute but unfortunately that is the nature of the boxing business in a third world country. Now we are going to focus on returning to the United States to fight and winning a world title.”
Kathy Duva of Main Events, Mchunu’s co-promoter stated “We are so sorry to hear that this event will not take place as planned. I cannot imagine how upset Thabiso and Damian must be. We are working with Damian to find another fight for Thabiso and will continue with our plans to bring Mchunu back to the US later this year.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Canadian referee Michael Griffin will be the third man in the ring when WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez defends against Miguel Cotto on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Judges are Max DeLuca (California), Tom Schreck (New York) and Guido Cavalleri (Italy). WBC Supervisor is Chuck Williams.
Hugo Centeno Jr 160 vs. Gerardo Ibarra 162.4
Eddie Gomez 149 vs. Francisco Santana 148.2
Terrell Gausha 156.2 vs. James Winchester 155.8
Diego De La Hoya 123.2 vs. Rigoberto Casillas 123.4
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is currently a -225 betting favorite to retain his title against Miguel Cotto in their big pay-per-view clash on Saturday night in New York City. Cotto backers can get +185. The over/under is 8.5 rounds with “over” at -270 and “under” at +230. Odds have mostly been constant.
Bitter rivals Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly will take another step closer to a rematch as they share top billing at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on July 12. Bellew and Cleverly clashed in October 2011 for the Welshman’s WBO Light Heavyweight title at the same venue, and their bitter rivalry has continued to grow after the Liverpool man dropped a majority decision in his challenge and a rematch never transpired. Opponents for both men will be named by Eddie Hearn at a press conference next Tuesday. The pair made successful debuts at cruiserweight earlier in the year, with Bellew first to step up to 200lbs with an 11th round stoppage win over Valery Brudov in March, and Cleverly followed him in May with a two-round demolition job over Shawn Corbin.
“July 12 promises to be a great night in Liverpool – as we sign off for the summer with a bang,” said Hearn. “There’s real animosity between Tony and Nathan as they aim to overcome one final hurdle before they meet in October.”
Tickets go on sale at midday on June 10 priced £30, £40, £60 and ringside seats at £100 available from the Echo Arena on 0844 8000 400 and at www.echoarena.com
Super Middleweight — Donavan George (U.S.) vs. Dyah Davis (U.S.) — August 23, 2014 Chicago
Middleweight — Gennady Golovkin (U.S.) vs. Daniel Geale (Australia) — July 26, 2014 New York
Welterweight — Rico Mueller (Germany) vs. Rafal Jackiewicz (Poland) — July 19, 2014 Germany
Featherweight — Macbute Sinyabe (S. Africa) vs. Lusanda Komanisi (S. Africa) — July 18, 2014 S. Africa
Super Bantamweight — Thabo Sonjica (S. Africa) vs. Toto Helebe (S. Africa ) — June 8, 2014 S. Africa
Super Flyweight — Edrin Dapudong (Philippines) vs. Lwandile Sityatha (S. Africa) — July 18, 2014 S. Africa
Strawweight — Hekkie Budler (S. Africa) vs. Pigmy Kokietgym (Thailand) — June 21, 2014 Monaco
The prelims for the upcoming UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov card only go five fights deep, but there are some great matchups to keep an eye on as the night gets started . . . Click here for more
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The fight for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight world championship between Ruslan Chagaev (32-2-1, 20 KOs) and Fres Oquendo (37-7, 24 KOs) will now take place on July 6 in Grozny, Chechnya, instead instead of the originally planned June 7 date. The Chagaev-Oquendo winner will share a portion of the WBA heavyweight championship with Wladimir Klitschko, who holds the “super” version.
The reason for the four week postponement was to give all parties more time to prepare. The new date falls on a Sunday because that day is the day between the quarter-and semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil. “In consultation with the team of Fres Oquendo and the WBA, we had to put the fight back a bit,” said promoter Timur Dugazaev. “We are planning a mega event and want everything to be perfectly prepared. This also gives us more time to look after the invitations and visas to the many guests of honor.” (more…)
Photo: Turning Stone Resort Casino
Turning Stone hosted “Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes” today in advance of this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights promoted by Iron Mike Productions, at the resort casino in upstate New York. Longtime sports columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com, Bud Poliguin, served as the moderator, asking the two Hall of Famers and world heavyweight champions a series of questions, before the floor was opened for the many fans in attendance to ask Tyson and Holmes questions.
Poliguin opened by noting Tyson and Holmes had a combined career record of 119-12, including a total of 44 world title fights between them. In 1988, Tyson, 21, stopped Holmes, 38, in the fourth round in Atlantic City for the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. (more…)
Trainer Tommy Brooks knows a thing or two about heavyweights, having trained a who’s who of heavyweight greats including Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and the Klitschko brothers. Brooks’ latest charge is British heavyweight star David Price (17-2, 15 KOs). Brooks has been overseeing the rebuilding process for the Olympic Bronze medalist, following back-to-back defeats to Tony Thompson. The rebuilding process continues for Price when he takes on the hard-hitting Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (16-6, 14 KOs) at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany on Saturday. (more…)
Tonight at the House of Blues in Boston, super featherweight Tevin Farmer (15-4-1, 3 KOs) will be in the main event when he takes on undefeated Emanuel Gonzalez (14-0, 7 KOs) in a 10-round fight that will headline a card that is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and will be televised live on Fox Sports 1. Farmer has been on a a roll as he has won eight consecutive fights since hooking up with Mark Cipparone and Club 1957 Management. This fight, Farmer will be in a much better position to win then the last time he was seen on national television when he was stopped in eight rounds by Jose Pedraza. At that point of his career, Farmer was treating his career as a journeyman by taking fights on short notice. In fact, he took the Pedraza fight on a few days and did not have the adequate recuperation for the former amateur star from Puerto Rico. (more…)
Will the Golden Boy shake-up affect the long-awaited Pacquiao-Floyd fight? More
Ode to Gary “Chubs” Pliner and the Chub’s Boxing Gym. More
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In a big upset, Venezuelan welterweight puncher Charlie Navarro (24-7, 18 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten WBC #7 rated Panamanian Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (21-1-2, 14 KOs) at 0:23 of the ninth round on the main event of an exciting card presented by Promociones del Istmo at Hotel RIU Plaza in Panama City, Panama. Two of the judges had Navarro ahead by two points after eight rounds and the other one had the fight even. At the beginning of round nine, Navarro hit Mosqueras’ right eye with a powerful left hook which affected his vision, forcing him to back off. The Venezuelan attacked with combinations until the defending champion fell in his own corner for the final count. After the fight, the new WBC FECARBOX welterweight titlist received a challenge from Panamanian Miguel Callist for a third and definitive clash between them.
Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2, 23 KOs) just announced on his Facebook place that his comeback fight will be against former WBA interim welterweight titleholder Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) on August 2 in Las Vegas.
Statement of Oscar De La Hoya: Golden Boy Promotions is moving ahead on all fronts. We look forward to continuing and expanding our key position in the boxing world and to providing the public with the very best the sport has to offer.
Story and photos by Phil Doherty
The Mayweather family surname is synonymous with elite-level boxing. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is universally acknowledged as the best pound-for-pounder in the sport and his father is one of the most sought-after trainers.
Truth-be-told, they also give some pretty entertaining press conference quotes as Floyd Sr. demonstrated for this afternoon’s final press conference for Saturday night’s “Final Knockouts” card from Casino Miami Jai Alai.
The six-bout card caps the inaugural season of NuvoTV’s “Knockout” boxing reality show starring Mayweather Sr., Ruben Guerrero and Yoel Judah—all fathers and trainers of some pretty accomplished pro fighters. For this series (the brainchild of Steven Marcano and NuvoTV’s executive VP of programming, Rene Aguirre) the trainers try their luck with some down-on their-luck fighters in an elimination-style tournament. (more…)
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