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The rumor mill is running hot around Michael Katsidis “the Great” today, following his stoppage over Mexican Michael Lozada in his junior Welterweight debut on Saturday night.
Katsidis has now been linked to numerous world class fights all over the world but manager trainer Brendon Smith says nothing is confirmed “We haven’t come to an agreement with Lovemore (Ndou) yet, as already reported, however the fight does interest us. Michael is having a short break at the moment and once he returns we will go over options. This is an amazing fight for Australia and Lovemore is one tough hard fighter who, like Michael, has fought the best. You won’t need a ring for this fight, a phone box would be sufficient!” (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
In front of an enthusiastic sold out crowd of 1,435 fight fans at The Hangar at the OC Event Center, southpaw David Tabatadze (8-1-1, 1KO) slugged out a unanimous decision victory over the rugged Lester Gonzales (12-5-2, 6KO), also fighting out of the southpaw stance. Tabatadze, fighting out of Ukraine, weathered the early storm of Gonzales and through dedicated body work was able to chop down the Cuban born Gonzales in a six round super middleweight contest. Although it appeared to be a much closer fight than the judges scorecards, Tabatadze did appear to win the fight and was rewarded with a unanimous decision victory by scores of 58-56, 59-54, 60-54. (more…)
After two sold out shows earlier this year, Art of Boxing Promotions and Bash Boxing, Inc. have answered the pleas of Southern California boxing fans with more professional boxing in the San Fernando Valley. “War at Woodland Hills 5″ will be held on September 9th at the Warner Center Marriott Grand Ballroom in Woodland Hills, California.
The event will feature 8 professional bouts including the homecomings of Mexican warriors Ray Beltran Jr. (24-5, 6 KOs) and Javier Gallo (17-4-1, 9 KOs), as well as the new female boxing sensation Yolanda “Ms. Knockout” Ezell (1-0, 1KO). (more…)
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
In the presence of former world champions, Ruben Olivares, Pipino Cuevas and Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez, an event billed as “Double Impact” was announced in the traditional town of Juriquilla, Queretaro, Mexico, and will be headlined by the fight between Oscar “El Ceviche” Ibarra vs #1 ranked Sylvester Lopez from Philippines for the WBC super flyweight silver world crown. (more…)
OneSongchai Promotion staged the WBO Asia Pacific Youth bantamweight title between defending champion Puenluang Sor Singyu of Bangkok, Thailand and Filipino challenger Marvin Tampus, in front of 5,000 fans at Keangkrachan District Office, Petchaburi, Thailand on Wednesday. Puengluang kept a steady flow of left hands landing on Tampus’ right eye, forcing a hideous swelling to raise after the fourth round. By the sixth, the ring doctor felt it necessary to prompt the referee stop matters, awarding Sor Singyu his sixth successful defense of the belt. The twenty-three year old Thai now moves to 37-1, 25 KOs, while Tampus dwindles to 27-13-2, 18 KOs. (more…)
Demetrius Andrade 157 vs. Grady Brewer 156
David Diaz 134 vs. Hank Lundy 135
Yakubu Amidu 134 vs. Martin Tucker 136
George Esho 139 vs. Aaron Lucky 138
Paulie Settepani 126 vs. Dwayne Wisdom 125
Mike Kurzeja 167 vs. Jeremy Wood 165
Montell Griffin 178 vs. Deandrey Abron 176
Evgeny Gradovich 126 vs. Robert DaLuz 126
Joe Linenfelser 149 vs. Ruben Galvan 146
Chris Singleton 137 vs. Gabriel Morris 140
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
TV: ESPN Friday Night Fights
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Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Hard hitting junior welterweight Karim ‘KC’ Martinez (8-0, 5 KOs) of Humble, Texas, steps back into the ring on Saturday, August 20th against Milton Ramos (5-2-2, 0 KOs) of Waco, Texas in a six-round co-main event at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center in Houston, Texas which is being headlined by former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver ‘The Atomic Bull’ McCall (55-11, 37 KOs) of Martinsville, Virginia taking on Damian ‘Bolo’ Wills (30-2-1, 23 KOs) of Los Angeles, California in a ten-round bout for the WBF Intercontinental heavyweight title, ‘The Battle on Bellfort II’ is presented by Lou Savarese Promotions. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar
Boxing returns to the Inland Empire of Southern California on Friday night with a card at the Convention Center in Riverside. In the main event of the boxing portion of the card, unbeaten lightweight Alejandro Luna (6-0, 5 Jo’s) will have his hands full as he faces Alejandro Arteaga (3-2, 1 KO) in a six round bout. Arteaga will be fighting for the first time in almost five years. Also on the card will be an intriguing four round bout between super featherweights Juan Reyes (2-0-1) and Christian Gonzalez (3-1, 1 KO). Tickets are on sale at the Convention Center box office and can be purchased on the day of the event. Doors open at 6:30PM, with first bell scheduled for 7:30PM. The Convention Center is located at 3443 Orange Street in Riverside.
Michael Perez 135 vs. Miguel Rodriguez 136
Eddie Gomez 150 vs. Marcus Hall 151.25
Mike Brooks 136 vs. Jamell Tyson 134
Rich Neves 147 vs. Latwon Halsey 146.25
Todd Eriksson 170 vs. Borngod Washington 173
Venue: Paradise Theater, Bronx, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing
Photos: Mario Vayas Llera / PR Best Boxing Promotions
It’s official. Former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López will face Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver next October 1st at the coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in the show Triple Crown III, that will have also in action former 130lb world champion Román “Rocky” Martínez and #3 super bantamweight ranked Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo in regional titles bouts, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank Inc. presentation to be televised on “Pay Per View.” For more details and photos click here….
The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame will restream the Class of 2011 Inductees interviews and acceptance speeches tonight at 7PM.
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After learning about Robert Guerrero’s injury that will prevent him from fighting Marcos Maidana next Aug. 27 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California, the WBA super lightweight champion had this to say: “The news caught us cold, I couln’t believe it. However, I’ve told Golden Boy Promotions that I’m willing to fight on Aug. 27 whoever they put in front of me. My team and I made a huge effort by having a 12-week training camp and we don’t wanna throw that away. Luckily, GBP is trying to get me an opponent and save the show. Let’s see if anyone dares to face me on Aug. 27,” Maidana said. “I am 100% ready to fight. I wish good luck to Guerrero but I’m in fighting mode at this time. I need to get in the ring. I trust GBP would get me the fight,”, the champ said. “We will keep our training in Puerto Rico as scheduled. We won’t let anything from getting us unfocused. Maidana is ready for anyone,” trainer Rudy Perez said. Your comments?
WBA super lightweight “super” champion doesn’t buy the announcement made by his co-promoter Golden Boy Promotions that Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has suffered a legitimate injury.
Khan today tweeted the following:
AmirKingKhan: No injury, I reckon maidana payed off Guerero step aside money, so he can become the WBA champ becus I have moved up as WBa super champ.
By Karl Freitag
Former two-division world champion Robert Guerrero has suffered an injury to his left shoulder during sparring and pulled out of his August 27 HBO fight with WBA super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana. The entire fight card at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, California, has been cancelled. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer stated that “Hopefully the fight will be rescheduled at a later date.” Guerrero will be going in for an MRI later today.
Today, Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC), the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization and No. 1 Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, finds its perfect media match in FOX, the No. 1 television network in the country. FOX Sports Media Group, the umbrella entity representing FOX Networks Group’s wide array of sports platforms, has reached a multi-year, multi-media rights agreement with Zuffa, LLC, owner of the UFC brand. (more…)
Unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) has had to overcome several setbacks in recent years, including having two fights with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, first because of an foot injury, and then when trainer Teddy Atlas abruptly pulled him out of the rescheduled fight because he felt Alexander was not ready. In addition, his father passed away. Friends and family helped Povetkin pull through these disappointments and a renewed Povetkin has been preparing for four months for his next fight against Ruslan Chagaev on August 27th for the WBA regular version of the world championship. “I have great respect for my opponent, but I will win,” promised Povetkin. “First the title, then the Klitschkos! I’ve always dreamed of a fight against Wladimir Klitschko.” With a win over Chagaev, Povetkin could get a third chance to face Wladimir Klitschko, who is the reigning WBA super champion, as well as the IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, in the spring of 2013.
The 24th World Boxing Organization (WBO) Annual Convention to be held in Puerto Rico will run from October 24th to 29th. WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced that the event will take place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, located in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) will present a world title show during the convention and many WBO champions, former champions, and other boxers, trainers, managers, promoters, officials, and other political, social and cultural personalities. As always, various topics such as as rules and rankings will be discussed.
It is a brand new day for Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West. Like many female fighters plying their trade in a male-dominated boxing world, West did not know when her next fight was coming after battling to a tough earned draw versus Ava Knight earlier this summer in her first WBO bantamweight title defense. Then as if out of the sky, a call came . . . click here for more
Interview & photos by Chris Perry
After almost a year away from the ring, “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey will be back in action August 20 in front of his hometown fans in the featured bout of the “Beach Brawl II” event promoted by Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions, LLC at the Virginia Beach Fieldhouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Spivey (38-6-0, 29 KOs) will challenge Akron, Ohio based fighter Damon Antoine (9-31-2, 4 KOs) in the eight-round main event . . . Click here for more
Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (11-0) battles the heavy-handed Virgil Zwicker (10-2) in the hard-hitting main event at next month’s STRIKEFORCE® card from the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 23. The Larkin-Zwicker clash headlines STRIKEFORCE Challengers, which will air live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
Special Announcement Today At 1pm ET / 10am PT: Watch the live press conference on UFC.com
The Strikeforce World Grand Prix Continues, Plus The Middleweight Title On The Line – Tickets On Sale Now: Tickets on sale now starting at $35 – Saturday, September 10 live at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati
Tickets On Sale Now For UFC Fan Expo In Houston: October 7-8 at the George R. Brown Convention Center
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
A reliable source has revealed that sons of Mexican legends Jorge Paez and Julio Cesar Chavez could clash on September 3. Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. and Omar Chavez would meet in a twelve round title fight sanctioning by an organization that was not revealed. Possible venues in Chiapas and Ciudad Juarez are in the running to host the fight.
By Gabriel F. Cordero & Kazuto Harada
The weigh-in ceremony for the WBC super flyweight title match between Tomas Rojas and Suriya Sor Rungvisai was held in a conference room at the Boonsiri Boutique Hotel in Srisaket City, Thailand. Both fighters weighed 115 lbs.
The names of the officials who will work this title match are commissioner Edward Thangarajah (Sriranka), supervisor Major Lee (South Korea), referee Jack Reiss (USA), and judges Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium), Burt Clements (USA) and Takeaki Kanaya (Japan). (more…)
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will return to the ring on September 17 at the iconic venue of the King’s Hall in Belfast, fresh from his electrifying victory over Dereck Chisora at Wembley Arena last month. Fury’s opponent will be named next week in Belfast at a press conference at the King’s Hall on Wednesday (24 August) when Hennessy Sports will also have the undercard in attendance for this Channel 5 screened show. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources have reported that the IBF super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares has decided not to defend his IBF 115lb world title on September 10 in Zacatecas, Mexico, against mandatory challenger Raul Martinez. This decision will likely result in the title being declared vacant. Apparently Mijares want to campaign again in the bantamweight division. There is a possibility that Martinez (28-1, 16 KOs) could face Rodrigo ‘Gato’ Guerrero (15-3-1, 10 KOs) on September 24 in Mexicali for the vacant IBF belt on the undercard of the WBO super bantamweight title defense of Jorge “Travieso” Arce against Simpiwe Nongqayi. Martinez won a split decision over Guererro in an IBF eliminator in November 2010.
“The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken is set to make her foray into the boxing promotional business as Diva-Rize-N Promotions opens with a pro card on August 27th at the DC Star Night Club in Washington DC., Headlining the show will be a six round super featherweight contest featuring Capitol Heights, Maryland’s Thomas “KO” Snow (15-1, 9 KOs), who will face off against dangerous Columbian Ever Luis Perez. The undercard is loaded with some of the best fighters the region has to offer. (more…)
By Peter Lim
A parade of local prospects will duel at the latest Savarese Boxing Promotions show at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center on Saturday, Aug. 20. Also on the card, former WBC heavyweight titleholder Oliver “Atomic Bull” McCall (55-11, 37 KOs) takes on Damian “Bolo” Wills (30-2-1, 23 KOs) over 10 rounds.
Junior welterweight KC Martinez (8-0, 5 KOs) faces Milton Ramos (5-2-2) over six rounds. Welterweight Rogelio De La Torre (6-0, 4 KOs) takes on Cleotis Pendravis (11-3-2, 4 KOs) over eight rounds. Nelson Ramos (5-1, 2 KOs) fights Corey Washington (3-4-1, 1 KO) in a six-round middleweight bout. Heavyweight Steve Moreno (3-1, 3 KOs) faces Bobby Picket (0-3) over four rounds. Craig Baker (10-0, 8 KOs) takes on Chuck Dillard (4-8-1, 1 KO) in a four-round cruiserweight bout. And light heavyweight Cedric Agnew (17-0, 9 KOs) faces Tyrone Jackson (8-35-3, 5 KOs). (more…)
WBC #15 Dennis Laurente, the Philippines welterweight champion, defended his domestic crown Aug. 11 in front of a full house in the ballroom of the Sofitel Hotel in Manila, scoring a TKO in the first round over Cris Alag. Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was in the audience and awarded the trophy and the green belt to Dennis. Promoter/manager Johnny Elorde, who is the head of the Flash Elorde Foundation has been working diligently to keep alive the great image of Flash Elorde. Also on the card, Juan Miguel Elorde who won by TKO over Saddam Eyo in the third round. He has an undefeated record with ten wins.
The winners of the 4th Annual Briscoe Awards were announced today in two categories. The thrilling USBA junior middleweight title fight between Derek Ennis and Gabriel Rosado was named the “Philly Fighter of the Year.” Ennis defended his regional crown with a close 12-round decision in a high-level, throwback, all-Philly war staged by Peltz Boxing Promotions at the South Philly Arena (now called the Asylum Arena). IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham was named the “Philly Fighter of the Year.” Cunningham regained his world title with a TKO over Troy Ross in his only fight of 2010. Cunningham becomes the first two-time “Briscoe” winner, having won the same award in 2007. (more…)
Looks like IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute will defend Glen Johnson on November 5. Johnson has agreed to accept the bout after the original “insulting” offer was sweetened by Interbox. The bout will likely take place in Montreal. SHOWTIME will televise.
The WBC has confirmed that all six fighters fighting for WBC belts in Las Vegas and Los Angeles have successfully made the weight for the WBC’s mandatory 30-day reweigh-in.
Victor Ortiz 157.4 vs Floyd Mayweather 149
WBC Welterweight Championship
30 Day Limit: 162 lbs.
Saul Alvarez 165.5 vs Alfonso Gomez 161
WBC Super Welterweight Championship
30 Day Limit: 169 lbs.
Erik Morales 153 vs Lucas Matthysse 147.5
WBC Super Lightweight Championship
30 Day Limit: 154 lbs.
The thirty-day preweigh-in rule, allows the fighters to monitor their weight in order to get to the fight well-hydrated and lower their weight gradually, avoiding risks.
Unbeaten super lightweight Jose Benavidez (12-0, 11 KOs) of Phoenix is training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif. On Monday, unbeaten lightweight Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta (22-0-1, 12 KOs) will also begin working out at the Wild Card. He is trained by Vince Parra. Both fighters are on a Top Rank Live! boxing card slated for September 17 at the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, Arizona. Heavyweight Andy Ruiz (11-0, 7 KOs) is also penciled in for that event.
Tickets are on sale for the Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez world title fight on Saturday, October 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Nishioka, from Tokyo, will defend his WBC Super Bantamweight title against Marquez of Mexico City in the Marquee Ballroom at the MGM Grand. This will be Nishioka’s sixth world title defense. He has a record of 38-4-3, 24 KOs. Marquez is 40-6, 36 KOs. Top Rank is promoting, in association with Teiken Promotions and Zanfer. Tickets are $200, $100, $50 and are available at the MGM Box Office. The first bout is scheduled for 4:15 pm.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Ivan Rivera, president of PR Best Boxing, confirmed Wednesday that former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez will return on October 1 against Mike Oliver. “We will offer a press conference on Thursday in the Braulio Castillo Theater in Bayamón, to announce a multi-event where Rocky Martinez and Jonathan Oquendo will also fight. The card will be called Triple Crown 3. We arrived on Monday at a financial arrangement with Oliver who will be present at the press conference, Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) is recovering not only from his loss to Orlando Salido but also a marital breakdown and is looking to earn a rematch with Salido for the first quarter of 2012.
Photos: Sauerland Event
WBO Super Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) and mandatory challenger Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) faced off today at kick-off press conferences in both Berlin, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark. They collide at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium on November 5.
Robert Stieglitz: “As world champion I accept every challenge and am ready to get into the ring with every opponent. Mikkel Kessler is an opponent that needs to be taken very seriously. He will not take my crown away from me. It may be that he is a national hero in Denmark, such as Karoly Balzsay was in Hungary. The home advantage did not help him at all and it will not help Mikkel Kessler either.”
Mikkel Kessler: “I have a lot of respect for Robert Stieglitz. He has a very good record and he is a deserving world champion. But his reign will be over once we meet in the ring. Throughout my career, I have proven myself against the best fighters out there. I can’t wait to be world champion again. Winning the title for a fourth time will be special.” (more…)
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