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By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Four-class national champ Tadashi Yuba (41-7-2, 31 KOs), 159.75, a 35-year-old southpaw six-footer, impressively kept his newly-acquired Japanese middleweight belt as he started his engine early and made short work of top contender Fukutaro Ujiie (17-10-1, 11 KOs), 159.5, at 2:04 of the second round in a scheduled ten rounder on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Yuba, once a lanky southpaw hard-puncher, seized the national lightweight belt in 2000, the super-light throne in 2002, the welter title twice in 2005 and 2007, and the middle crown this year. Once world-rated ten years ago, Yuba no longer belongs to the international level, but is still a popular crowd-pleaser with his give-and-take gameness and hard-hitting ability. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (57-7-2, 34 KOs) closed his high altitude training camp in Cuautitlan Izcalli where he conducted the strongest phase of his training for his fight against Lucas Matthysse (29-2, 27 KOs) on June 23. Soto is traveling today to the city of Tijuana to continue preparing with trainers Bobby and Romulo Quirarte. According to a source, Soto will travel to the U.S. on Monday.
Chris Camozzi is playing to win. And he’s playing hard.
Camozzi – denied an opportunity at a six-figure UFC contract when a broken jaw forced his removal from Season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter – isn’t just determined to achieve mortal victory. By the time he steps back inside the Octagon June 22 at UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City, N.J., against hometown middleweight Nick Catone, the object is not only doing everything to ensure victory, but to shock fans out of their seats with cries of, “Holy [smokes]!” . . . Click here for more by Jon Lane, UFC.com
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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hits the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach during training Tuesday night in El Paso, Texas for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday, June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Report and photo by Jesse Kelley
“The American Boy” Jason Litzau (28-3, 21 KO’s) returns to action this Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN. Litzau has only fought in his home state of Minnesota twice over the last seven years and is calling the return home “The beginning of his second career” following a first round KO loss to Adrien Broner a year ago.
“I look forward to starting my second career back in Minnesota,” said Litzau. “I feel rejuvenated after some time away from the ring and I can’t wait to fight again back at home. I expect to fight as many times as possible here this year. My goal is still to win a world championship and fight for a world title in Minnesota.” (more…)
Before a packed room at the elegant Marco Polo Ristorante in Brooklyn, NY, DiBella Entertainment held the final press conference for the next installment of Broadway Boxing coming Thursday at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom. Headlining the card is Long Island’s extremely popular undefeated light heavyweight prospect, “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (13-0, 8KO’s) who will be fighting for his first title when he takes on Romero Johnson (11-6-1, 6KO’s) with the WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight championship on the line. In addition to Monaghan, featured undercard participants Will “Power” Rosinsky, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero and Floriano “L’Italiano” Pagliara were also in attendance. (more…)
Don King arrived in Montreal this evening (June 12) to appear at a Wednesday press conference formally announcing his fighter, undefeated International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), will face former World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) on Aug. 11 in a highly anticipated showdown of two young fighters in their collective prime at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
King was greeted arriving in the Customs area of Montreal-Trudeau Airport by England’s Merseyside Chesire Amateur Boxing Association team. They were arriving in advance of their match up against Canada’s Montreal Select team on Friday and Sunday.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. greets the hundreds of fans who came out to see him during media day at the Carolina Recreation Center in El Paso, Texas Tuesday, for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday, June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. more photos
From: The Boxing Promoters Association
To: United States Boxing Promoters
Re: Referees and Judges
On Saturday night there was another decision rendered in a major fight (Pacquaio-Bradley) that jeopardizes the sanctity of our sport and requires immediate action by the boxing world but especially the boxing promoters. The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) was formed to protect the integrity of the sport and force action upon the state regulators throughout the United States when warranted. The time has come for the promoters to take real action to remedy the all too often outlandish decisions made by State appointed referees and judges that effectively jeopardize the future of our sport, the fighters and the fans.
Unlike other sports, including MMA, boxing has no figurehead. That has to change now if we intend to bring growth and transparency to the fans. The figurehead in this case has to be the BPA on behalf of the fighters who put their lives on the line and the promoters who invest hundreds of thousands and millions into this sport we all love and cherish. We cannot sit idly by and allow regulators to solely control the most important facet of our sport, other than the fighters, by constantly selecting officials on that states ‘merit system’ or ‘his or her turn to work’ basis. If we as promoters don’t have as strong a voice moving forward, the warranted attacks to our sport we’re seeing and hearing today will eventually lead to the complete eroding of our fan base or worse yet, the sport’s demise. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
For once, there was no talk about Floyd Mayweather after a Manny Pacquiao fight. Not a single question about the “Dream Fight” was uttered as journalists pounded away at their laptops trying to find the right words for the situation. It was almost a surreal experience since all the talk after any Mayweather or Pacquiao victory surrounded when the two were going to clash. But not on this night.
Why? Because you cannot discuss a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight when Pacquiao has just lost what is considered by many to be a heinous decision to Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“Did that just happen?” people were saying aloud to themselves. Yes, it did. Manny Pacquiao had finally lost. (more…)
Artemio “King” Reyes (15-2, 12 KOs) returns to the ring just a few months after his devasting first round knockout loss in his last fight, a rematch with Alan Sanchez. In their first encounter in 2010 Reyes edged Sanchez with an entertaining split decision win. The circumstances were much different this time around as Reyes’ father passed away within a week of the fight. The loss ended a 14 bout win streak for Reyes. Though some felt that Reyes shouldn’t have taken the fight, Reyes still fought. Reyes will take on veteran Enrique Gutierrez (10-4, 8 KOs)in an 8 round welterweight bout. Gutierrez is coming off of a more than 3 year layoff but has fought solid competition and never has been stopped.
In other action on the same card is an intriguing superfeatherweight match up of once beatens Aalan Martinez (12-1-1, 8 KOs) of Mexico and East Los Angeles resident Ramon Valadez (11-1, 6 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds at a catchweight of 128 pounds. The Boxing360 promoted Martinez was scheduled to fight unbeaten Rances Barthelemy on ShoBox last month but was forced to pull out because of a hand injury that has since completely healed. Valadez is coming off of a very impressive victory in his last fight against then unbeaten prospect Kevin Hoskins in his last fight this past April.
WBC Youth World super bantamweight champion Jonathan Arrellano is also said to be featured the same night in an 8 round bout against an opponent to be announced. Site of the event will be the Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California.
By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Team Chambers
Former world title challenger and one time top contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) returns to the ring next Saturday, June 16 to take on WBC #8 and IBF #7-ranked Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs) in the twelve round heavyweight main event at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Chambers has fought only once since being stopped by Wladimir Klitschko with five seconds remaining in the final round of a title challenge back in 2010. Adamek, a former world light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion, also challenged for the heavyweight title, losing in ten rounds against Vitali Klitschko in 2011. “This is one of the better fights that can be made in the heavyweight division,” stated Chambers. “We are two smaller heavyweights whose speed and activity will be great for the division.”
Flash back to July 2009. Eddie Chambers just defeated a still-formidable Sam Peter and unbeaten contender Alexander Dimitrenko, and his star burned brighter than any heavyweight not named Klitschko. (more…)
Tickets On Sale This Week – The UFC Returns To Denver For Henderson vs Edgar II: UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson defends the title against the man he bested for it – former champion Frankie Edgar! UFC 150 presented by the United States Marine Corps – Saturday, August 11 live at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado – UFC Fight Club presale starts Wednesday, June 13 at 10am MT
International Fight Week Comes To Las Vegas This July: Celebrate the UFC over the Fourth of July in Las Vegas! Fans from across the globe will enjoy free concerts, exclusive pool parties, open workouts, pub crawls, UFC Fan Expo, weigh-ins and amazing access to UFC fighters around the city. This all leads up to the ultimate rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena! If you love the UFC, there is no better way to experience it than in Vegas.
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By Felipe Leon
Despite the rumors, the summer for reigning WBC lightweight king Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20KOs) has just been made official as of yesterday when he signed the contract to face John Molina on September 8th in Oakland, CA. The twelve round championship fight will be broadcast live by HBO. Before that, DeMarco of Tijuana, Mexico, by way of Los Mochis, has signed on to make a voluntary defense against Mexico City’s Daniel “Tremendo” Estrada (28-2-1, 21KOs) on July 28th in a city to be determined. That bout will be televised in Mexico by Televisa. DeMarco’s training camp is well on its way with the lanky southpaw sparring yesterday with welterweight Orlando Lora and 140 pounder Juan Carlos “CheChe” Lopez. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Just announced by Golden Boy execs Oscar de la Hoya and Richard Schaefer: “Knockout Kings” on September 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Four fights: WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Victor Ortiz and WBC featherweight champion Johnny Gonzalez vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon, plus two other fights to be announced.
Oscar promises “no judges needed.” Ortiz vs. Josesito Lopez will go on as scheduled June 23.
Former super middleweight champion, Alejandro Berrio (32-5, 29 KOs), returns to the ring this Friday, June 15, when he faces fellow countryman Evert Bravo (18-4-1, 14 KOs) in the 10-round main event at the Coliseo Cubierto Elias Chegwin in Barranquilla, Colombia. Berrio has big wins against current WBO super middleweight titlest, Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KOs) and American Yusaf Mack (30-4-2, 17 KOs), giving both fighters their first losses as professionals. (more…)
Once beaten cruiserweight contender BJ Flores (27-1-1, 17 KOs) has gone public, calling out undefeated Nigerian Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0-1, 14 KOs) after his fight on Showtime Championship Boxing where he had a draw with five-time world champion, Antonio Tarver (29-6-1, 20 KOs). Flores contacted Gary Shaw Productions last week with his request.
Said John Beninati, matchmaker for Gary Shaw Productions, “Dear BJ, first I want to say that I think you are great for boxing and I am a big fan. However, Lateef Kayode had a draw with the best Cruiserweight on the planet last week in Antonio Tarver. Although we at GSP think you’re a good fighter, Lateef Kayode is looking for much bigger fights in the future.”
By Ron Jackson
Chris van Heerden (17-1-1, 10 KOs) faces a tough one when he makes the first defense of his IBO welterweight belt against the experienced Sebastian Andres Lujan (39-6-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. Also, the first round of the exciting Super 8 Last Man Standing cruiserweight competition begins. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Former two-time world lightweight title holder Michael Katsidis will take on unbeaten and hard-hitting lightweight contender Darley Perez on August 10th, Thompson Boxing Promotions General Manager Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com on Monday afternoon. The bout will take place at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA and will air on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
Canponovo stated that Katsidis will drop down to the lightweight limit to face Perez. Katsidis last fought on April 13th, losing a close 10 round majority decision to Albert Mensah at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. That bout was fought at 140 pounds. (more…)
Three-time Olympic heavyweight champion Teófilo Stevenson of Cuba has passed away after a heart attack at the age of 60 according to reports out of Cuba. Arguably the greatest amateur boxer ever, Stevenson never allowed to turn professional even though he was offered a big-money opportunity to challenge Muhammad Ali. Stevenson won Olympic gold in 1972, 1976 and 1980. If Cuba had not boycotted the 1984 and 1988 games, his medal haul likely would have been even higher.
By Ron Jackson
Former South African junior featherweight champion Oscar Chauke returns to action for the first time since losing to Jeffrey Mathebula on a split decision in their IBF eliminator on June 11 last year, when he faces Themba Lesiba at Gold Reef City near Johannesburg on June 26.
The Box and Dine tournament is presented by Chauke’s manager and trainer Manny Fernandes, who feels that this is the only way to keep his fighters active with the current slump in South Africa boxing. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Australian heavyweight Mark de Mori (18-1-2, 16 KOs) returns to action on Friday against American journeyman Troy “Country Boy” Weida (46-23-2, 33 KOs) over ten rounds at the St Marys Band Club, St Marys, NSW, Australia. The 6’2 de Mori is managed by Don King and is coming off a four round stoppage of Rob Calloway of the USA in March. Weida, 6’3, lost to Alex Leapai in 2011. Weida, 39 years of age, has been in action with several world class heavyweights including Ray Mercer, Orlin Norris and Brian Minto. In other action light heavyweight Kariz Kariuki (24-10-1, 19 KOs) will clash with Joel Bourke (14-22-2, 7 KOs) over six rounds. Also middleweight Kurt Bahram (10-3-1,4KO’s) will be in action against Mark Dalby (2-4,1KO) over six rounds. Promoter Daniel Sheridan and Brendon Bourke.
By Francisco Salazar
n a very intruiging matchup, former world title holder Miguel Acosta will take on Art Hovhannisyan in a scheduled 10 round bout on July 20th, promoter Gary Shaw confirmed to Fightnews.com on Friday afternoon.
The bout will headline a “ShoBox: The New Generation” card and will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA.
George Bastmajyans, who trains Hovhannisyan, initially reached out to Fightnews.com on May 30th to confirm the Armenian-born fighter was to fight against Acosta. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach(L) arrive in El Paso,Texas late Monday night for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday,June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. wound up his training camp at The Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas today with Freddie Roach and will head to El Paso tonight for his fight Saturday against Andy Lee of Ireland. Chavez is defending his WBC Middleweight Title. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Boxing is a mysterious game. A hero abruptly falls to the ground of obscurity without a crown after a single defeat. This is not to argue the controversial verdict but to point out Manny Pacquiao’s technical problem and suggest his necessity to regain his previous assets as a marvelous superstar. This observer has kept watching Manny Pacquiao since he was an eighteen-year-old flyweight novice training at the LM gym in Manila, Philippines. When I was a manager of the WBC featherweight champ Luisito Espinosa, Manny the Menace, then the flyweight titlist of the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation), appeared on the undercard of Espinosa’s title defense, demolishing Panomdej Ohyuthanakorn in the first round in Koronadal City in December 1997. I carefully watched Manny’s improvement in every fight to see him grow up to be a sensational knockout artist.
Having viewed Pacquiao training under the supervision of the late handler Pablo Leonardo and American trainer Rick Stucki, I realized that the skinny kid had a special talent in exploding his power at a pinpoint though he looked still raw, wild and rough-and-tumble. He then had a bad habit of having the left guard wide-open in throwing a southpaw jab—with his elbow far away from the side of the body. Pacquiao also had his right guard open in extending his southpaw left hand to the full extent. The hard-punching kid looked like a butterfly with his wings open and close. (more…)
Bob Arum, Chairman and CEO of Top Rank, said today that he has submitted a formal request to the Nevada Attorney General’s office for a full and complete inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the scoring of Saturday’s WBO welterweight championship fight between defending champion Manny Pacquiao and challenger Timothy Bradley. The Pacquiao-Bradley welterweight title fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)
First it was Gary Jones, then it was David Adotey Alottey and now it will surely be once-beaten Aaron “Homicide” Mitchell that will take on Richard Pierson this Wednesday night at the Robert Treat Hotel.
The show is promoted by Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer will make a special announcement tomorrow regarding the upcoming September 15 fight card in Las Vegas. The card is expected to be headlined by WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who is in need of an opponent after the accident of former world champion Paul Williams and developments with James Kirkland. Lately the names of the former world champions Carlos “El Indio” Quintana and “Vicious” Victor Ortiz have been prominently mentioned. A source indicates that Alvarez will begin training in July and will stay in the U.S. until the date of the fight.
It was originally thought that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was just the son of the best boxer in the history of Mexican boxing and would never leave the shadow of his famous father, but in last 11 months Junior has become a world champion, has made two successful defenses and his popularity continues to grow as he builds his own legacy.
“I feel I’ve improved a lot these last few fights, but I know I have to improve even more and so I’ve continued to work hard in each training camp,” said Chavez in Las Vegas, before his team heads to El Paso where he’ll face what many consider to be his toughest challenge yet in Andy Lee on Saturday before hoards of adoring fans.
“On paper it looks like Andy Lee my strongest opponent. He’s left-handed, tall and very hungry to be champion and that makes him a very dangerous opponent for me…I know people pay good money to see me fight and I want my fans go home happy. For me it’s important to win, but I also want to the fans enjoy my matches.”
Andy ‘Irish’ Lee (28-1, 20KO’s) is a fighter on a mission as he prepares to challenge unbeaten middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KO’s) for his WBC championship green belt on June 16 at the outdoor Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas. The tall 6’2 Kronk fighter has just completed a 10 week training camp in preparation for his world title bout and is looking in great condition and extremely sharp in sparring. Lee has been trading punches at the Detroit Kronk Gym with aggressive sparring partners such as Mike Jimenez, Adonis Stevenson, Edwin Rodriguez, Don George and Brian Vera.
Lee presently ranked WBO #1, WBA #2 and WBC #3 is in the best shape of his life and is in a positive and confident mood with only two things on his mind going into this fight; winning and winning impressively. He believes he has the boxing skills and power to beat Chavez Jr. and is very focused on the job he has to do. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Here it is. The complete 2012 IBHOF induction ceremony complete with speeches by all six living inductees as well as family members of the posthumous inductees.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (27-1,15 KOs) and his trainer Graham Shaw talk to Fightnews.com about the September 1st unification showdown against WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs). The Geale camp is confident that Daniel can score his second win in Germany by defeating Sturm after outscoring Sebstian Sylvester in 2011 to capture IBF title.
Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, says at this time there are no plans to discipline or review the Pacquiao-Bradley judges.
Timothy Bradley reportedly suffered a fractured left foot and a twisted right ankle in the fight.
Bradley’s win over Pacquiao brought an abrupt end to any notion of a fourth fight between Pacman and Juan Manuel Marquez. Word is a September 15 fight between Marquez and Erik Morales is now on the front burner.
Another notable person affected by Saturday’s Pacquiao-Bradley fight is Floyd Mayweather Jr., who so far has served 10 days of an 87-day sentence. You can send Floyd a letter at the following address:
Clark County Detention Center
330 S. Casino Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
As was the case at last year’s IBHOF induction Sunday, the rains came early. But unlike last year, the heat came late, drying up the rain, and drenching fans and inductees alike in perspiration. Just as in waiting on a decision at the end of a boxing match, one never knows what the weather will be like on induction day in the Central New York town of Canastota. There have been torrential downpours, temperatures dipping low enough to require the purchase of IBHOF sweatshirts and jackets and sweltering heat in the 90s. Today was the latter, with loads of water being downed and souvenir programs used as fans.
After the traditional parade of champions through the village, champions old and new took to the stage and fans to their seats or the grass, to honor the posthumous as well as six living inductees for their contribution to the Sweet Science. (more…)
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