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Once-beaten David McNemar has stepped in for the injured Ahmed Samir and will take on world rated BJ Flores in a ten round Cruiserweight bout that will be contested for the NABA and NABO titles at the Shrine Mosque. McNemar of Parkersburg, West Virginia has a record of 13-1 with ten knockouts, is coming off his lone defeat which was a razor thin unanimous decision to undefeated and world ranked Ryan Coyne (16-0) on June 25, 2011. The decision was close to the point that the verdict was booed in Coyne’s hometown of St. Louis.
This will be the fourth fight in fifteen months for Flores (27-1-1, 17 KO’s) as he has scored stoppages over Nick Iannuzzi (16-2) & in his last bout he stopped Hugo Pineda (39-5-1) on January 28th in Springfield. “I am looking forward to fighting in front of my hometown fans again,” said Flores. (more…)
(Photo courtesy of UFC.com) Undefeated UFC heavyweight contender Travis Browne visited the Minnesota Vikings’ morning practice today, and took some inspiration ahead of his Friday UFC on FX night collision with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at the Target Center.
Browne addressed the team – including defensive end and UFC fanatic Jared Allen – after being introduced by head coach Leslie Frazier. (more…)
WBO #4 featherweight Orlando Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs), former Olympian has announced today that he “is a proud gay man.” Cruz is the first openly gay man in boxing history. “I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself,” said Cruz. “I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.” (more…)
The WBC Board of Governors have made their final decision about the positive test for marijuana by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, surrounding his last fight on September 15th against Sergio Martinez.
Having accepted and expressed regret for what he did, including his hand written apology to fans, as posted below, Julio Jr shows his positive mentality on this matter, which makes it unnecessary for the WBC to examine the second urine sample. Chavez Jr will have an audience with the WBC, as indicated by our rules, if desired.
The WBC fines Chavez Jr $20,000 USD. This sum will be donated to a medical center that cares for children with cancer.
The WBC has also decided to suspend him for an undefined time, so he can enter a rehab center. And we want official confirmation that he’s so doing. The WBC will open its doors once again to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, so he can continue his successful career when he feels he can return. The suspension will last as long as the rehab center advises. (more…)
Leija Battah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions will promote what looks to be an interesting Tex-Mex junior lightweight crossroads clash between former Olympian Rocky Juarez (28-10-1, 20 KOs) and Antonio Escalante (28-4, 19 KOs) on October 27th at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. Escalante is looking to put the biggest notch yet on his belt, while Rocky is looking to show that he’s more than a division gatekeeper.
The 27-year-old Antonio Escalante is in the midst of one of the best hot streaks of his career, having scored four consecutive knockout victories. In contrast, Juarez, 32, amazingly hasn’t won a fight in over four years, albeit against a higher level of competition. The bout will headline TeleFutura’s weekly “Solo Boxeo” telecast.
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A press conference was held today for Saturday’s PPV twinbill featuring former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs) and WBO #3 contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs) and WBO minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs) defending for the second time against former titlist Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs) to be held at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
“You (Oquendo) are facing for the first time a fighter like me, a fighter of my level. Oquendo is not a fighter of (Rafael) Marquez’s level, but I’m going to fight him”, Vazquez Jr. said about Rafael Marquez, who was going to face him on August 4 and October 6. “My job is to train and facing the best fighters and I’m going to win this Saturday to go for another chance for the world title, and after that the 126lb division.”
Oquendo said “I’m very good, I’m in a good shape and condition for this fight. I’m very focused for Vazquez Jr. I want to become a world champion. I’m hungry for this fight.”
Calderon thanked Fuentes for the opportunity and said “everyone says that I’m old, but look at Maravilla Martinez against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. I’m very well trained and ready to win this title again.”
Fuentes stated, “I don’t underestimate Ivan Calderon because they say that he is old. I can’t think he is old, he is a former champion and a legend, so I train hard for this fight, to keep my title.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Officials have been named for the October 12, 2012 at the Bell Centre in Montreal between Adonis Stevenson and Donovan George for the #1 position in the IBF.
Supervisor: Lindsey E. Tucker, Trenton, NJ
Referee: Marlon Wright, St-Laurent, Quebec,Canada
Judge: Denny Nelson, Maplewood, MN
Judge: Sylvain LeBlanc, Mirabel, Quebec, Canada
Judge: Fabricio Lopez, Col. Obrero Popular, Mexico City
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Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has had his visa rescinded by the New Zealand government after initially being granted a visa to perform his one man Broadway show there with part of the proceeds going to charity. The visa was pulled after criticism from Prime Minister John Key. Tyson has toured in 15 other countries without a problem.
The scar on Iron Mike’s neck that you can see in the photo is due to some titanium pins put in his neck to add support to a degenerative disk.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
How will you evaluate a hot young prospect’s talent? Probably strange enough, in Japan, our boxing fraternity traditionally judges his vast talent with how quickly he reaches the world throne. There have been competitions of their quick reach to the top, as follows: Kazuto Ioka (seventh pro bout), Joichiro Tatsuyoshi (8), Nobuo Nashiro (8), Yoko Gushiken (9), and Hiroki Ioka (9). For your reference, the very quickest is Saensak Muangsurin of Thailand, ex-Muaythai superstar, who acquired the WBC super-light belt from Perico Fernandez in his just third professional bout in 1975.
Highly talented 19-year-old Naoya Inoue, 108.25, made a very impressive debut as he stunned the sellout crowd with a beautiful knockout of current Philippine champ Crison Omayao (12-5-1, 4 KOs), 108, at 2:04 of the fourth round in a scheduled eight on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Before the bout, the victor’s manager/promoter and formerly two-time world champ Hideyuki Ohashi had recklessly said, “Inoue may not only make the Japanese mark of the earliest seizure of the world belt but tie the world record of Muangsurin by winning the title in his third.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, WBC President Jose Sulaiman speaks of the latest major events for the benefit of world boxing and fighters. “I have even the opportunity to try to do more things for boxing. Our desire is to stay in constant activity both in the ring and in society. We want to show the world that boxing is more than a show of two men looking to be the best in the ring on one night. There are many human and social factors that make us look the way we see the importance of that boxing is more than a sport,” said Sulaiman, who was outside of Mexico for the last 32 days visiting differents countries to view boxing situations.
Photo: Photo Wende
On November 3, current WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) and his challenger Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs), a former WBA Champion, will meet at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany. The matchup between the two Germans promises to be an exciting one. “The Gerry Weber Stadium feels like a second home to me,” said Huck during Tuesday’s press conference at the arena. “This is where I became WBO World Champion and also defended my title for the sixth time. But this time around, I have a special goal in sight. If I should be able to defend my title for the tenth time, I will be awarded with the status of the WBO Super Champion.” If Huck is successful in his quest, he would be the first German boxer to do so. But that is definitely not going to be a walk in the park for the 27-year-old. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
In your countries there won’t be, but, in Japan, when there’s a very sensational and attractive undercard, people leave the arena after watching it without seeing the main event. Unlike in Las Vegas, we sometimes see a smaller crowd at the main event (which traditionally takes place in the end of the show here) than at the said undercard.
After sensational rookie Naoya Inoue’s remarkable pro debut, however, there were a couple of very good competitions, so the crowd still stayed at the Korakuen Hall without leaving early for drinking. Unbeaten ex-amateur national champ Ryuji Hara (13-0, 10 KOs), 105, acquired the vacant Japanese national minimumweight belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision (96-94, 97-95 and 97-94) over JBC#2 Kenichi Horikawa (23-11-1, 4 KOs), 105, over ten sizzling rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Robert Coster
WBA #1 featherweight contender Nicholas Walters, flanked by manager Jacques Deschamps, has signed the contract for the mandatory WBA featherweight title fight and the document was in turn sent to reigning champion Celestino Caballero. Up to now, the WBA champion has shown reluctance to fight the unbeaten, Jamaican-born Walters (21-0, 17 KOs) and should he decline the mandatory title defense, Caballero will likely be stripped of his crown.
“We are delighted that Nicholas will have the opportunity to fight for the world title against Caballero — or another opponent,” declared manager Deschamps. “The ball is in the champion’s corner and we’ll be waiting for his decision.” (more…)
“Keep your hands up.”
The words didn’t come from a coach, a training partner, or a fan. Following Josh Neer’s knockout loss to Mike Pyle in June, an upset that snapped a six fight winning streak, it was his five-year-old daughter reminding her dad of fighting’s cardinal rule . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California and WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (32-1-1, 12KOs) from Panama City, Panama, met with the media Tuesday afternoon at the ESPN Zone at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles to officially announce their super bantamweight showdown on Showtime on November 10 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles for Mares’ WBC title. Kicking things off at Tuesday’s press conference was the Golden Boy Oscar De la Hoya as he welcomed everyone in attendance. “You always hear boxers say they want to fight the best Mares and Moreno are not only talking about fighting the best but will do so as they face each other. These are the two best of the best and when they step into the ring November 10 it will be special night for boxing,” De la Hoya said
Anselmo Moreno followed and spoke only briefly as his adviser Sampson Lewkowicz translated. “I am happy to be here in LA for the second time. I especially want to thank Abner’s team for the fight. I am looking forward to facing Abner on November 10 and it should be an exciting fight,” Moreno said to media
Abner Mares spoke next. “I am ready to show again what I got on November 10, it’s a tough fight against Anselmo but I want this fight. Everyone says why not take an easy fight or tune up. I want to face the best and I will prove it November 10. I will give my hometown a great fight and I am here to give great fights,” Mares stated. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australia’s former three division world champion, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (38-5-1, 27 KOs), resurrected his career with upset victory over previous unbeaten Puerto Rican contender, Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-1, 11 KOs). With this impressive win, Darchinyan has established himself as a serious world title contender as he captured the vacant NABF title in the super bantamweight division.
After becoming a world champion in multiple divisions, Armenian-born Darchinyan’s win against Del Valle was his first in the super bantamweight division. Many big paydays should arise with the victory. “I felt very strong coming into this fight and I was in great shape,” said Darchinyan. “I’m going to campaign at super bantamweight moving forward and I believe I still have the power to keep my opponents honest.” (more…)
All Out Promotions and Global Boxing Promotions will present a unique night of professional boxing and comedy together under the same roof at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday night October 13th. Headlining the night of boxing will be The long awaited return of Newark, New Jersey’s own Michael “Slick” Anderson (11-1-1, 9 KOs) as he faces fifty fight veteran Miguel Angel Munguia (25-24-1, 21 KOs) . After fighting his last twelve bouts on the pacific coast, Anderson returns home to fight his first bout in the fighting city of Newark, New Jersey. Anderson has defeated the likes of Bernard Guerica, Octavio Narvaez and Dashon Johnson, but knows Saturday night will be no easy task as he must first get by the dangerous gatekeeper out of Toluca, Mexico if he is to continue on his quest for boxing stardom.
In the co-feature of the blockbuster night of boxing is none other than super middleweight contender Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-10-2, 10 KOs) of Paterson, New Jersey. Duran looks to rebound from his two razor thin losses to fellow prospects Avtandil Khurtsidze (27-2-2, 16 KOs) by split decision and by majority decision to Brandon Gonzalez (16-0, 10 KOs) . The vastly battle tested Duran will have his hands full in a six rounder with Joshua “The Berlin Bomber” Snyder (9-6-1, 3 KOs) . (more…)
A heated rivalry between two of the sport’s hardest-hitting heavyweights will be settled on Saturday, Dec. 15 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® makes its long awaited return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin will meet The Ultimate Fighter® season 10 winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the night’s five-round main event. The two serve as opposing coaches on this season’s edition of The Ultimate Fighter® (Fridays, FX, 10 p.m. ET/PT) and will finally have the chance to trade leather this December. (more…)
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Super welterweight fan favorite Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-2, 17 KOs) and new trainer Virgil Hunter appeared at a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles at the ESPN Zone L.A. LIVE. After being sidelined all year with visa issues, Angulo will next take on Raul Casarez in a 12-rounder on Golden Boy’s big November 10th show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He was previously trained by Hall of Famer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain. Hunter is best known for training Andre Ward and it was just announced that he will also train Amir Khan.
“It’s very exciting to have my comeback fight in my second home of Los Angeles,” said Angulo. “I have been working really hard to give the fans a good show like they are used to because I am here thanks to their support. ‘El Perro’ is back!”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
RBA Promotions will be hosting a boxing card on Saturday, October 6 at the Smith Gymnasium of the campus of the Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Joint Military Base in Arlington, VA. Here are some of the bouts scheduled.
Headlining the card will be undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Duane Mobley in a six-round rematch against Norfolk, VA’s Dennis Benson. Mobley (5-0, four KO’s) is coming off a second-round knockout of Dave Fleming on September 22 in Millersville, MD. The win was Mobley’s fourth straight knockout win. Mobley defeated Benson in his pro debut via four-round unanimous decision on February 11 in Fairfax, VA. Benson (1-3, one KO) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak. (more…)
Mid-South Fight Fans will have a chance to show their appreciation for two of Memphis top jr middleweights as Bobby “The Prodigy” Bryant (15-0, 9 KOs) and Thomas McGrogan (14-3, 7 KOs) are set to do battle on October 20th at the Cook Convention Center in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The 20-year-old Bryant, who just last month signed a multi-year promotional contract with Memphis-based promotional company Prizefight Promotions, has been on the fast track since turning professional at the young age of 17 in 2009. On the line will be the Tennessee State title. Bryant-McGrogan will headline a six-bout card that will also include female sensation Marketa Mamiaro 1-0. Tickets are on sale for $35 ringside and $25 general addmission at all Ticketmaster outlets.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization returns to Minneapolis this Friday for an all-action card at the Target Center, which will be broadcast on FX at 8pm ET/PT, immediately before an all-new episode of The Ultimate Fighter Fridays airs. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
WBO minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes trained lightly today for the media in his way to the fight against former two time champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon this Saturday, October 6, at “The War”, to be held at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with All Star Boxing, Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer to be broadcast on “Pay Per View”.
Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs), from Mexico, came to the Caimito Gym along with his manager Marco Antonio Barrera, former world champion, his trainer Jorge Barrera, his physical trainer Scott Anthony and assistant Aron Dominguez. The tall fighter just did some exercises and shadows saying that he worked in the morning too.
“I’m relaxed and focused in the fight. My training is good and I’m going to be ready for 12 rounds. I know I’m going to face a former champion but I’m in a good shape”, Fuentes said to the media. Fuentes will defend for the second time his 105lbs title against Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs) in the co headline bout of “The War”, scheduled to 12 rounds. (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced the officials who will work the two WBO world championship fights on Saturday, October 6.
For the minimumweight (105 pounds) title bout between champion Moises Fuentes and former two time titlist Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, to be held at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, the referee will be Luis Pabon. Judges are Patricia Morse-Jarman, Thomas Miller and Raul ieves. WBO supervisor is Luis Perez.
For the junior middleweight (154 pounds) title fight between Zaurbek Baysangurov and Lukas Konecny at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine, the referee will be Genaro “Gino” Rodriguez. The judges for this bout are Mickey Vann, Matteo Montella D’Airola and Lahcen Oumghar. WBO supervisor this fight between Baysangurov and Konecny is John Duggan.
On October 12, DiBella Entertainment will return to the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles MO, with an exciting edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. Headlining the card will be Puerto Rican amateur star, and blue-chip prospect, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (10-0, 6 KOs) taking on Robert Garcia trained Allan Benitez (7-1, 1KO) in an eight-round lightweight matchup.
In the televised co-feature, undefeated up-and-coming prospects Jonathan Cepeda (12-0, 11 KOs) and Lamar Russ (10-0, 6 KOs) square off in an eight-round middleweight bout. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Gary Shaw Productions, Universal Promotions and Rumble Time Promotions. SHOWTIME® will begin live coverage at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) .
Also featured on the ShoBox telecast will be highlights of former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (30-4-1, 18 KOs) in his bout versus Raul Munoz (21-15-1, 16 KOs), a ten-round middleweight matchup which will take place earlier in the evening.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Jorge Silva (19-2-1, 15 KOs) of Mexico is in and his fellow countryman, Cosme Rivera (35-14-3, 24 KOs), citing a conflicting commitment, is out as the opponent for world-ranked Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0, 18 knockouts) of Japan in Saturday night’s 10-round welterweight main event at Sacramento, California’s Memorial Auditorium.
The lightweight co-main is unchanged, ex-world champion Jorge Linares (31-3, 20 KOs) of Venezuela against former title contender Hector Velazquez (52-17-3, 35 KOs) of Mexico
Promoters Don Chargin and Paco Damien, in conjunction with Golden Boy Promotions, said Silva, younger and faster, could turn out to be a tougher test for Kamegai, venturing above his normal junior-welterweight division.
A purse bid was held today in the IBF Office for the IBF jr. welterweight championship mandatory defense between champion Lamont Peterson and Zab Judah. Headbangers Promotion was the only bidder. they bid $50,000. The fight must be done in 90 days or by January 2, 2013.
By Alex “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: SES Boxing/Y. Stolitniy
WBO junior middleweight champion Zaur Baysangurov (27-1, 20 KOs) and interim WBO champion Lukas Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) held a press conference for Saturday’s showdown at the Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine.
Zaur Baysangurov: I’m sure it will be amazing and interesting fight. I had a good training camp in California with my new coach Abel Sanchez. I’m ready for war and will show on Saturday the best I can do.
Lukas Konecny: I am very happy to be the second time in Ukraine. Kiev is a great place. For the first time our fight did not take due to the injury of Zaur, but now I’m sure nothing will prevent us to find out who is the best. Baysangurov is a good fighter, but I’m confident of victory. It will be a spectacular fight. See you on Saturday. (more…)
Sartonk, which makes the world championship belts for most the major sanctioning bodies, has launched the inaugural Ali-King Award for Writing in Boxing. Co-sponsored by the WBO, IBF, WBA, IBO, New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, New Jersey Association of USA Boxing, Gleason’s Gym, and Global Boxing Gym, this year’s contest is geared toward boxers and boxing enthusiasts between the ages of 17 and 22, who live in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. (more…)
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof and Dave Spencer
Photogallery by Emily Harney
Undefeated Worcester, MA super middleweight, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs), who moved one step closer towards his opportunity to fight for a world championship, kept his record perfect as he stopped previously unbeaten Jason Escalera (13-1-1, 12 KOs) at 0:12 seconds of round number eight in the main event of this past Saturday night’s HBO “Boxing After Dark” from the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Former three time world champion Vic Darchinyan (38-5, 27KOs) added another accolade to his resume as he scored a dominant unanimous decision victory over a game Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant NABF super bantamweight title. Scores of the bout were 99-91 twice and 96-94 in an all action bout. Antonin Decarie (27-1 8 KOs) scored big with a TKO victory at 2:54 of the sixth round destroying previously unbeaten Alex Perez (16-1 9 KOs) with a TKO victory at 2:54 of the sixth round. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
Antonio Silva is one big dude. That is why he is adorned with the nickname “Bigfoot.” The Brazilian is six-feet, four-inches tall and cuts weight to make the UFC’s 265-pound heavyweight limit. And his hands, when clenched, more closely resemble sledgehammer heads than fists . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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World Champion boxer Danny Garcia, of Philadelphia, will be named the “Philly Fighter of the Year” at the 5th Annual Briscoe Awards, Sunday, October 7, 2012. Garcia will receive the coveted Briscoe Award which is named after and in the image of 1970s Philadelphia boxing legend Bennie Briscoe. “I’m happy to get my hometown’s support,” Garcia said about winning the Briscoe Award. “It means a lot to me, because there are a lot of great fighters from Philadelphia.”
Additional Briscoe Awards will be presented to cruiserweight Garrett Wilson who scored the “Philly KO of the Year”, and to Juan Rodriguez Jr. and Greg Hackett for their “Philly Fight of the Year.” (more…)
WBC Silver World middleweight champion and #2 contender Domenico Spada (35-4, 18 KOs) met today at the EBU headquarters in Rome with the WBC World middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez. Spada said “as WBC Silver champion I hope Martinez will give me a chance to fight him. It will be an honour and a privilege.” Spada is promoted by Italian company OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi).
Martinez was in town for an EBU purse bid for European super bantamweight titleholder Kiko Martinez’ mandatory defense against Carl Frampton. Maravilla Box Management won the purse bid and will promote the fight.
HBO added a third televised bout to its October 27 Boxing After Dark card at Turning Stone Resort Casino. The tripleheader now includes two title fights and a main event featuring the number one contender for Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s WBC welterweight title, Thomas Dulorme.
In a nationally-televised fight announced this morning, IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (31-3-0, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico takes on challenger Marvin Quintero (25-3-0, 21 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
The purse bid for the mandatory slot of the WBC in the heavyweight division was held this past weekend in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, site of the WBC/Hublot retirement fund auction. The winning bid was by Don King Promotions with a bid of $1,100,000. King doubled the next highest bidder Goossen Tudor Promotions who bid $550,000, followed by Golden Boy Promotions ($512,000) and Top Marquee ($132,000).
King promotes Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne, while Goossen promotes Chris “Nightmare” Arreola, who will go at it to see who gets to face WBC champ Vitali Klitschko. A site and date will soon be announced.
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