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By Francisco Salazar
Lightweight John Molina has been itching to get back in the ring and build upon his victory from his last fight. He will be able to do that close to home. Molina will step back in the ring on Friday, June 24th when he takes on crafty fighter Robert Frankel in a 10 round bout at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA, promoter Dan Goossen confirmed to Fightnews.com on Saturday night. The bout will headline an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card. (more…)
Southern California fight promoter Roy Englebrecht will have his hands full this week as he does what he believes no other fight promoter has ever done before…promote four pro shows in just 48 hours! This marathon run of shows begins on Thursday, May 19th with two, yes, two shows on the same evening. Englebrecht will promote two private shows, the Rumble On The Range at Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank and the NAIOP Night At The Fights at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, and will split his staff so that both shows will be covered. Both of these private shows are sold out. Then on Friday, May 20th they will be the lead promoter in a co promotion with Golden Boy Promotions for a Fight Club OC Special Edition show to air on Telefutura, from The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. A crowd of 1,200 is expected for this show. The 48 hour run will end on Saturday night May 21st with another show at The Hangar. “I would not normally book four shows in 48 hours, said Englebrecht, but one show changed dates on me and I didn’t want to lose the show.”
Last Friday in the Club Estudiantes, Rio Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina, WBA #5, WBC #7 welterweight Sebastian “Iron” Lujan (37-5-2, 23 KOs) retained his WBC Latin title with an unanimous decision over Jorge “Chino” Miranda (42-11, 16 KOs). On the same card, the former world champion Alejandro “Locomotive” Oliveras (21-2-2, 8 KOs) won by TKO in the sixth round over the Argentinean-Brazilean Alicia Alegre (7-6, 7 KOs) at super featherweight. Oliveras will fight for the vacant lightweight title WBA on Friday 12 August.
Interview by Ricardo Conde
Fightnews sat down with welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, to talk to him about his upcoming fight with Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas that takes place this Saturday May 21st on the latest edition of ‘Top Rank Live’ which will be shown on FOX Deportes from the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California, also about the fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. that fell through, who he’d like to face in the highly talented filled welterweight division and a lot more.
Welsh ace WBO interim titleholder Nathan Cleverly says his fight with WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer on Saturday night is his “defining moment.” The unbeaten Cleverly meets the dangerous German at The 02 in London. “Ricky Hatton fought Kostya Tyszu, Joe Calzaghe beat Jeff Lacy, this is a similar kind of fight,” said Cleverly. “My whole career has been building towards this moment, and I’m ready to take it with both hands…I’m so fired up for this fight and I believe that it’s my time. I was ringside for Calzaghe-Lacy. It was an evening when Joe made the world sit up and take notice of him. I’ll do the same against Braehmer.” (more…)
By Doug Rowe, FightNews Canada
Photo: John Rowe
Arash Usmanee made his homecoming a successful one as the undefeated Canadian super featherweight prospect stopped Mexico’s Alejandro Barrera in the 5th round Saturday night at the Capri Centre in Red Deer, Alberta. Trainer Daniel Trepanier’s game plan for Usmanee was to move forward against the very aggressive Barrera. The planned worked to perfection as the Canadian systematically broke down the Mexican fighter enroute to a KO victory. The fight, however, was by no means easy as Barrera, for the better part of five rounds, tried to answer everything Usmanee threw at him. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Saturday marked the return of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA as the semi-final round kicked off with Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, CA easily defeating “King” Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) of Germany, by way of Armenia, with an unanimous decision to retain his WBA super middleweight title and to move into the finale of the ground breaking competition. (more…)
Photos: Felipe Leon
A year ago, San Diego, CA’s Christopher Martin (21-0-2, 6 KOs) found himself in Hinckley, Minnesota, ready to perform on the biggest stage of his career. Martin was tapped to be the latest fodder for hard hitting Chris Avalos on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The Next Generation”; just another opponent for Avalos to stream over, but Martin had other plans. After surviving Avalos’ early frenzied attack, Martin settled in out-boxing the highly touted prospect and upsetting the apple cart via a ten round split decision. After the win, Martin was expected to jump onto the boxing consciousness but instead found himself back at his usual haunt of Spanish language Telefutura. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez
The relationship between boxer and trainer is unique within the pantheon of sport. When a fighter steps into the ring to do battle, he literally places his life in his trainer’s hands. The trainer must possess the necessary skills to know when his man is hurt or about to be hurt and make split-second decisions during the heat of action. Sometimes that man is the fighter’s father, as we’ve seen with Tito and Papa Trinidad, Shane and Jack Mosley and most recently Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. and Jr. Other times, that man is a non-related former fighter himself. However, although these trainers are commonplace in boxing gyms throughout the country, they rarely achieve the Hall of Fame results of training luminaries like Angelo Dundee, Eddie Futch or Cus D’Amato. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: MO Productions
Carlos Oliveira is a wealthy Brazilian textile industrialist. He is also a boxing promoter and manager who promotes and manages only one boxer, his son Michael Oliveira (14-0, 11 KOs), a 21-year-old middleweight, raised in Miami and Brazil’s top boxing prospect of the moment. Together, Carlos and Michael form a most unusual father-son duo in a most unusual story. Fightnews sat down with Carlos Oliveira to speak about him and his son’s unlikely foray into the world of boxing. (more…)
Photos: Sean Gibbons
WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios and trainer Roberto Garcia check out the action at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night. Rios will headline at The Home Depot against Urbano Antillon on Top Rank’s July 9th boxing card.
WBC middleweight champ Sebastian Zbik and his trainer former world champion Artur Grigorian were also on hand. Zbik will defend his middleweight title June 4th at The STAPLES Center against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto could be seeking a world title in a fourth weight division in October provided that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. beats WBC middleweight champion Sebsatian Zbik on June 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Cotto-Chavez fight would be made at a catch weight of 155 pounds, which is the formula that Manny Pacquiao has used, even against Cotto when they met a couple of years. Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) is very active in Puerto Rico with his company Miguel Cotto Promociones and last Friday held a successful card in Ponce.
Heavyweight Travis Walker (36-6-1, 28 KOs) defeated Alonzo Butler (28-2-1, 21 KOs) Saturday night to win the vacant NABA USA title by way of majority decision. Two judges favored Walker 94-89 and 96-92. While the other saw it even at 93-93. The bout took place at the AmericasMart Bldg 3, in Atlanta, Georgia
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A proposed grudge rematch between Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto is on the shelf for the moment. In addition to the broken orbital socket Margarito suffered in his brutal loss to Manny Pacquiao last November, “The Tijuana Tornado” also suffered a detached retina in that fight. The injury could force Margarito to retire from the sport.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Undefeated WBA champion Andre Ward moved one win away from claiming the ground-breaking inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup with a convincing 12-round unanimous decision over “King” Arthur Abraham at The Home Depot Center Saturday on SHOWTIME®. Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) will face the winner of the June 4 Super Six Semifinal on SHOWTIME between World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) and former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., for the right to fight for the Super Six title and 168-pound world supremacy sometime in the fall.
Fighting outside the comfortable confines of Oakland, Calif., for the first time in 20 months spanning three fights, Ward defended his WBA belt for the third time in what SHOWTIME expert analyst Al Bernstein called one of Ward’s “most complete wins he’s ever had in his career.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (42-6-2, 18 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over a game Carlos Rueda (16-5-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria Nacional in Durango, Mexico. Mijares was in command all the way, winning 120-108, 120-108 and 118 to 110. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBA super middleweight world champion and the Super Six top-seeded Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Abraham came out aggressively and took the fight to Ward for the first three rounds. However, Ward upped his work rate in round four, which kept Abraham mostly covering up after that. Abraham started looking to land desperation haymakers from round eight on, but it wasn’t to be as Ward went on to a one-sided victory by scores of 120-108, 118-110, 118-111. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (28-1, 25 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over hometown hero Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-7-3, 28 KOs) Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Ruiz dropped Arce in round five and knocked him completely out of the ring in round eleven en route to a 114-109, 114-109, 112-111 verdict.
Ruiz is the brother of the well known boxing twins Edel and Heriberto Ruiz, while Arce is the brother of three-division world champion Jorge Arce. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Looking slimmer at 234 pounds, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (31-2, 27 KO’s) stopped Nagy Aguilera in the third round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Arreola stunned Aguilera early in the first round, but Aguilera (16-6, 1 KO’s) was able to recover. Both fighters traded heavy punches in the second round with Arreola getting the better of the exchanges. Arreola stunned Aguilera early in the third round, but Aguilera was able to grab onto Arreola or attempt to fight back. Arreola finally pinned Aguilera against the ropes, staggering him with a combination, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to intervene and stop the bout at 1:58.
In a light heavyweight versus super middleweight contest, the overweight 174 pound former Olympian, Shawn Estrada, walked right through the much smaller 166 pound Jospeh Gardner and bull rushed him en route to landing a monstrous left hook for the knockout at 1:27 of the first round. Gardner appeared as if he may have suffered a broken nose and the referee called the fight the moment he went down. Estrada looked even bigger than the eight pound weight advantage he had at yesterday’s weigh in. With the knockout victory, Estrada improves to 12-0 (11KO) while Gardner falls to 7-3-1 (1KO). (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc. and Deportes TELEMUNDO return to Mexico City this Friday to the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City. In the main event, WBC Latin bantamweight champion Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (25-3-2, 18 KOs) of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico will make his 4th appearance on “Boxeo Telemundo” when he faces compatriot Jesus “El Zurdo de Oro” Galicia (19-3, 13 KOs) of Puebla, Mexico in a battle scheduled for 12 Rounds with Ruiz’ title at stake. Also on the card is 18-year-old featherweight prospect Josue “Chino” Veraza (12-1-1, 11 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
It happens in every sport. An athlete, who works so hard to earn a starting position or becomes well- known in the sport, gets injured and is out for a period of time. That injured athlete gets replaced and has to fight back even harder to re-enter the limelight.
Once beaten Andre Dirrell is that athlete, a talented boxer who was part of the innovative Super Six World Boxing Classic. Unfortunately, Dirrell suffered an injury in his bout against Arthur Abraham last March and had to withdraw from the tournament. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a lightweight contest, Warren Joubert was most impressive in scoring a six round unanimous points decision over Sifiso Mthethwa at the Ellis Park Conference Centre, Johannesburg on Thursday night. Joubert (17-2-3, 10 KOs) got back on the winning track after losing two and fighting to two draws in his last four fights as he dominated throughout against the gutsy Mthethwa. The judges scored the fight 60-54, and 59-55 twice.
In the co-feature lightweight Jason Bedeman (14-1-2, 10 KOs) also posted a win on his log after his disastrous stoppage loss to Daniel Dorrego in November last year when he stopped Luyanda Jako in the third round.
Other results: Lightweight: Jared Silverman beat Ketana Faka, KO1; Featherweight: Raymond Bloem beat Sam Sithole, KO3. The tournament was presented by Manny Fernandes of BRD Promotions.
Don’t miss the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals immediately following a special broadcast of Pacquiao vs. Mosley tonight at 10pm on SHOWTIME.
Photos: Team Erdei
Unbeaten former world champion Zsolt Erdei has finished his two week training camp under the eyes and guidance of his trainer Fritz Sdunek in “Mountain Village” / Hamburg-Bergedorf. Up to his departure this Saturday to the USA, he found the perfect conditions in his adopted hometown of Hamburg to prepare himself for his fight against Byron Mitchell on June 4th in Atlantic City. (more…)
Photos: Miguel Gonzalez
The new Montiel Gym in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, has held its official grand opening. The event included the traditional tour of the facility where guests could inspect the huge amount of equipment that will be used by boxing world champions like proprietor Fernando “KOchulito” Montiel, Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Hernán “Tyson” Márquez.
Photos: Miguel Gonzalez
Three-division and current WBO super bantamweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce arrives by helicopter to his hometown, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, where he was received by his family, Governor Mario Lopez, and legions of fans. More photos
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
Former 2008 Olympian Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (8-0,7KO’s) scored a first round stoppage of Ade Alfons (14-14-3,4KO’s) of Indonesia in a scheduled eight round middleweight main event at Fortitude Stadium, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Fletcher dropped the importation three times and referee Derek Milham crowned the Australia at 2:21. (more…)
By Peter Lim
Heavyweight Nagy Aguilera, 16-5 (11 KOs), knows how much the odds are stacked against him when he faces Chris Arreola, 30-2 (26 KOs), at the Home Depot Center on Arreola’s Southern California home turf tonight. But Aguilera is used to beating the odds. His affair with the sweet science began as a battle against childhood obesity when was 13 years old and weighed 270 pounds and started pounding the heavy bag at a boxing gym in his native Puerto Rico to melt away the fat. His weight-loss regimen, though, unexpectedly evolved into a decorated amateur career that garnered him a National Under-19 title and two New York Golden Gloves championships.
Despite a stoppage loss to Sam Peter and a lopsided 10-round defeat to Antonio Tarver last year, Aguilera, 24, is adamant he can pull off an upset against Arreola. Tomasz Adamek wrote the blueprint, Aguilera said, on how to frustrate a hard-punching albeit one-dimensional slugger like Arreola. “I’m starting to box a lot, move to my right more and play around a little with those tricks,” Aguilera told The Houston Chronicle. “We’ve been watching the fight with Adamek and I think that’s one of the best fights for my style.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
With the Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup sitting just a few feet away, both Andre “SOG” Ward and “King” Arthur Abraham made weight on Friday at a packed open-to-the-public weigh-in held at the LAX Crowne Plaza.
Tonight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), the WBA super middleweight world champion and the Super Six top-seeded Ward (23-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., will take on the power-punching Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) of Berlin, Germany, in a 12-round semifinal bout with the winner earning a spot in the Super Six tournament finals.
Opening up the telecast on Saturday night on SHOWTIME will be a replay of last Saturday night’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley mega-fight from Las Vegas. (more…)
Photos: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME
Up-and-coming lightweight prospect Sharif “The Lion” Bogere fought to a close – and bloody – unanimous decision victory over Ray Beltran by the scores of 97-93 and 96-94 twice from Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev. In the co-feature, top American heavyweight prospect Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell knocked out Evans Quinn at 2:38 of the first round on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. Bogere (20-0, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Beltran (24-5, 16 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif., battled for ten blood-filled rounds before the judges declared Bogere the winner. Bogere had the momentum early as both men established their game plans. Beltran kept heavy pressure – and his weight – on Bogere to tire out the younger fighter and prevent him from getting into a rhythm. Bogere used his speed and volume punching to make his mark through the first several rounds. For more details and photos click here…
In anticipation of his upcoming bout on May 21 in Moscow, Russia and in response to numerous requests from his Russian boxing fans, legendary eight-time world boxing champion and future hall of famer Roy Jones Jr. has released his latest single, сердце чемпиона (Heart of a Champion). “When I came to Moscow for our promotional tour last month, everybody kept asking me if I was going to write a song for the fight,” Jones Jr. said. “I didn’t realize how many Russian fans I had, and it really moved me and inspired me to write this song. I hope they like it.”
Jones, Jr. arrived in Moscow yesterday and was a guest on the highly popular Channel 1 television hit comedy show, Projector of Paris Hilton. “I came over early to adjust to the different time zone and brought a number of my sparring partners with me. I will be finishing up my training over the next few days and can’t wait for next Saturday,” Jones stated.
“The Battle of Two Empires: Jones, Jr. vs. Lebedev” is being promoted by Square Ring Promotions and Vlad Hrunov.
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Unbeaten lightweight Michaelangelo “The Artist” Perez (13-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a brutal third round KO over Ira Terry (24-5, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Hilton Hotel & Casino in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Perez knocked down Terry in round two and put him down and out just as the bout was being waved off. Time was 2:19.
Unbeaten flyweight Jonathan Vidal (14-0, 8 KOs) outpointed veteran Cecilio “Boga” Santos (25-19-3, 15 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75. (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
In a good action fight, unbeaten lightweight prospect Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (20-0, 12 KOs) won a bloody ten round unanimous decision over “Sugar” Raymundo Beltran (24-5, 16 KOs) on Friday night at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. Both fighters were cut by accidental headbutts. Beltran, Manny Pacquiao’s primary sparring partner, staggered Bogere in round eight, but Bogere prevailed in the end by scores of 96-94, 97-93, 96-94. Bogere wins the vacant NABO title. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing
In a crossroads clash of former world champions, former WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt (27-4, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over two-time IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (38-7, 27 KOs) on Friday night before a sellout crowd at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Irony played a factor in the matchup. In preparation for his showdown against Holt, Diaz worked on staying away from the dangerous left hook that Holt throws. Unfortunately, that was the punch that ended matters in Holt’s favor and reignited his career in the process. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
No problems on the scale for IBF super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares and challenger Carlos Rueda in advance of their clash Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria Nacional in Durango, Mexico. Mijares weighed 114.6 for his first defense. Rueda weighed 114.8. IBF supervisor David McCullough oversaw the proceedings. Referee Jack Reiss went over the rules with the fighters and their representatives. The judges will be Jonathan Davis, Ruben Garcia and Albert Bennett. The fighters will do battle with black Cleto Reyes gloves.
In the co-feature, Alejandro “Alex” Valdez failed to meet the super bantamweight limit in his first try on the scale. In his second try he weighed 122.1. Jose “Brillo” Gutierrez weighed 121.6. (more…)
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