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By Héctor Villarreal
WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno invited the press to his last public workout on Thursday morning at his own gym Chikibox in Panama City, Panama prior to his travel to Texas to face Dominican challenger Juan Payano. “I will travel on Sunday morning along with my main trainer Celso Chavez, assistant Raul Rodriguez and Carlos Gonzalez from my managerial team. I’m planning to travel on 120 pounds after almost four months of preparation.”
Moreno’s wife and manager, Rouss, expressed her confidence on the team of officials named by WBA, headed by Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon and judges Alfredo Polanco from Mexico, Rafael Ramos from USA and Cesar Ramos from Puerto Rico.
“Lightning” Rod Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) returns to lightweight to defend his WBC Fecarbox belt in a scheduled ten rounder against Monty Meza Clay (36-3-2, 22 KOs) on Friday, November 14th at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburg, PA. Salka is looking to get back into the win column in front of the hometown crowd following his brutal KO loss to junior welterweight king, Danny Garcia on August 9th in Brooklyn. Meza Clay returns after an epic tenth round stoppage of Alan Herrera on August 8th at the same venue. In the main event, undefeated southpaw Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez Jr. (16-0, 12 KOs) will defend his newly attained IBF/USBA welterweight belt against Alberto “Matralleta” Mosquera (21-1-2, 14 KOs) in a ten rounder. Tickets start at $42, available Saturday.
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) and his team are patiently waiting to hear about his next fight. Negotiations are ongoing between Andrade’s co-promoters, Banner Promotions and Star Boxing, with Top Rank and HBO officials regarding a potential fight for a vacant WBO middleweight title fight against No. 1 contender and unbeaten Russian Olympian, Matt Korobov. Andrade was also mentioned by Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar de la Hoya as one of three potential candidates to fight junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
“We want to thank all of loyal fans for their support,” Andrade’s head trainer and father Paul Andrade said. “They are the only ones who understand how our backs have been put against the wall. Everybody in boxing seemed to react to the news about Demetrius fighting Korobov for the vacant 160-pound WBO title. I’d like to get the facts straight. We were not aware of that fight, nor were we aware of the petition to the WBO to move up to fight for its middleweight title. I spoke to Artie Pelullo (Banner Promotions), who informed me that an opportunity had popped up, and that he wanted to beat (Bob) Arum (Top Rank) to the punch. He couldn’t get a hold of us in advance but he has left us an option to take a fight. (more…)
The recently announced junior featherweight bout between Southern California favorite Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz and Mexican warrior Raul Hidalgo has been elevated from the co-main event to the main event for the Monday, Sept. 29 Golden Boy Live! fight night from the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas due to an injury suffered by former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver. Tarver, who was scheduled to face Johnathon Banks in a 10-round heavyweight bout on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, injured his thumb during training camp. “The injury actually happened two and a half weeks ago and I’ve been trying my hardest to work through it. Finally my doctor ordered an X-ray and we found out it was a fracture,” Tarver said of his injury.
Tarver added, “I’m very disappointed I won’t get to face Johnathon Banks, but hopefully we will be able to reschedule this fight with him for a later date. I was ready to make a statement with this fight, and I’ll be back as soon as I can.” Tarver still plans to be in Texas, however, to witness his son Antonio Jr.’s professional debut. The remainder of the televised portion of the card will feature a co-main event between New Mexican junior welterweight Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (18-2, 15 KOs) and an opponent to be determined, as well as junior welterweight Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-3, 13 KOs) in the televised opener against an opponent to be determined.
“The show must go on,” said Oscar De La Hoya, founder and president of Golden Boy Promotions. “The loss of the Tarver vs. Banks fight is a disappointment, but fans in the State Farm Arena and those watching at home on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will not be disappointed.”
Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve, two of the most feared strikers in the heavyweight division, verbally agreed on Wednesday to throw down at Fight Night Phoenix on Dec. 13 – the UFC’s first trip to Arizona . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
In Japan there are many so-called or self-proclaimed geniuses, and we wonder who really the genius is. Our mass media sometimes misunderstands that “unbeaten” is synonymous with “genius”. There shouldn’t be so many geniuses at all. Though once beaten in his previous bout, however, two-time world champ Kazuto Ioka might be duly or possibly called genius thanks to his offensive and defensive excellence. Ioka (15-1, 9 KOs), 112, appeared for the first time since he failed to win his third world belt in the flyweight category from Amnat Ruenroeng and tasted his career-first setback this May, and defeated WBA#14 Colombian Pablo Carillo (15-3-1, 8 KOs), 112, by a unanimous decision over ten hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were 98-92, 99-91 and 99-93, all in favor of the 25-year-old ex-champ. But it wasn’t an easy triumph for Kazuto, the nephew of formerly two-time world champ Hiroki Ioka, as he had a tough time coping with the aggressive and agile Colombian whose durability was beyond description. Moving to-and-fro and side-to-side, Ioka, a Sugar Ray Leonard admirer, kept outspeeding and outpunching the shorter Carillo, who showed his constant retaliation despite yielding the initiative to the Japanese. The eighth saw Carillo come out fighting with roundhouse shots, which occasionally forced Ioka to backpedal and circle to avert his furious attack. But Ioka was in command in the last two sessions and confirmed his victory over the much stronger opponent than expected. Ioka is gunning for a shot at a world flyweight championship in December. (more…)
Mark Cipparone’s Club 1957 Management is proud to announce the signing of Jr. Lightweight contender Jason Sosa to an exclusive Managerial contract. Sosa of Camden, New Jersey has a record of (12-1-3, 8) and has won his last 8 fights with seven of them coming by way of knockout.
Sosa is also undefeated in his last 11 bouts bouts going 9-0-2 with 7 knockouts. Furthermore, the 26 year-old Sosa is undefeated in the Jr. Lightweight division.
“It’s a great opportunity. I hear about the good things that Mark does for his fighters. Boxing is a hard sport and now I can focus 100% on boxing,”said Sosa.
“I am excited. I have a strong attitude and I am ready to be able to concentrate fully on boxing.” (more…)
World champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Jessie Vargas and China’s most iconic athlete, undefeated Top-Five contender Zou Shiming, will be featured in exciting battles on the Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri world welterweight championship pay-per-view undercard. Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao-Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena, and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
Six different nations will be represented by the eight fighters on the live pay-per-view telecast.
Lomachenko, of Ukraine, will make the first defense of his WBO featherweight title against #1 contender and mandatory challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thailand. Vargas, of Las Vegas, NV., will be defending his WBA super lightweight title against former world champion Antonio DeMarco, of Mexico. Top-five contenders Zou, of China, and Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym, of Thailand, will be battling in a 12-round WBO flyweight world title elimination bout.
“We are very proud to present these three significant international fights on the pay-per-view undercard. Boxing is a worldwide sport and this card reflects that,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. (more…)
Former two-division world champion Ricky Burns will face Leonardo Esteban Gonzalez (22-5-1, 15 KOs) in his first bout at light welterweight at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on October 4. Burns moves up to 140lbs following a tough run in the lightweight division after surrendering his WBO world title despite a gutsy display against talented Omaha star Terence Crawford in March, and his subsequent split decision loss to Dejan Zlaticanin in June made Burns make the decision to move up. Burns meets the 32 year old Argentine over ten rounds.
“I believe that the move up in weight will really benefit me,” said Burns. “The lightweight limit was proving tougher to make in my last few fights so that’s now behind me and I can concentrate on working on my boxing in the gym with Tony Sims. It has been a tough year following the Raymundo Beltran fight but I’m feeling great in the gym and the fire and desire is still there to achieve big things. I’m looking to show in Leeds that I’ve still got the goods to challenge for major belts and ultimately, win another world title.”
By Leann Perez
Steve Mestas’ Airtight Boxing presents “The Art of War,” a showcase of Boxing this Saturday, Sept. 19, 2014. Mestas brings local fan favorites from all over the Mile High to produce action packed entertainment inside the ring at Salon Madrid in Commerce City, Co. The main feature of the night includes boxing veteran Rob “Red Hot” Frankel (32-15) against upcoming Robert Rodriquez (7-3) from Greeley. Frankel has shared the ring with many of boxing’s big names like Lamont Peterson, John Molina, and Paul Spadafora. Frankel beat brother of Manny Pacquiao, Bobby Pacquiao in 2008 by unanimous decision. This will be the 4th time Rodriquez comes home to fight in Colorado, often facing his opponents on the road, but building a solid resume along the way. Will Frankel’s experience carry him to the victory, or will Rodriquez continue to make a name for himself and take the win? (more…)
Manny Pacquiao, training in General Santos City, Philippines, for his November 22 fight against Chris Algieri, has once again called out Floyd Mayweather. “He’s all talk,” Pacquiao told AFP. “Until now he has not yet agreed to fight me. Instead of blabbing, he should face me atop the ring…I’m tired of his alibis. If he really wants to fight me, he knows how to reach me. We can fight anytime, anywhere.” Pacman also stated he felt Mayweather lost his rematch with Maidana. “Mayweather’s face and lips were swelling compared to Maidana’s unblemished face,” he stated.
By Boxing Bob Newman
History will be made next week in Playa del Carmen, Mexico as the first ever female boxing convention will convene at the Princess Hotel and Resort. The Jose Sulaiman WBC Women’s Convention will run from September 24-27. Several past and present female champions are expected to attend from current stars Cecelia Braekhus (female boxing’s first four-belt-unified champion), Jackie Nava, Ana Maria Torres, Jelena Mrdjenovich, Momo Koseki to former champions Laila Ali, Mia St. John, Christy Martin and more.
The Female convention agenda will include the same layout as always with gala opening ceremony, awards ceremony, ratings and mandatory defenses meetings, reports by regional bodies (NABF for example and others), cocktail and banquets. A live boxing event will close out the convention on Saturday, September 27, headlined by Javier Prieto vs. Ivan Cano for the WBC Silver Lightweight title. This will be a rematch of their May 17 draw in which Prieto barely kept his belt.
The WBC female convention will also mark the first convention presided over by Mauricio Sulaiman as president of the Council. The younger Sulaiman held court over the WBC convention last November in Bangkok, Thailand while his father, then president Jose Sulaiman was recovering at UCLA Medical Center from heart surgery. He passed the following January 16, 2014 at 82 years of age, having helmed the WBC for 39 years.
For several years, Japan was the central hub for many of the world’s biggest mixed martial arts fights and this weekend the UFC returns to the Land of the Rising Sun for a stacked card airing on UFC FIGHT PASS, headlined by heavyweight knockout artists Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt in the five-round main event . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
After 19 years as a professional boxer, 36-year-old Ali Funeka has another title defense on his job card. The veteran SA junior welterweight champion has to make the first defense of his belt against Boitshepo Mandawe at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon. As a former SA junior lightweight champion and former holder of the WBC international lightweight and WBF junior welterweight titles, Funeka knows all about tricky first defenses.
Mandawe is after the national title Funeka won when he knocked out Mzolisi Yoyo in the fourth round on May 31 this year. The challenger, from Meadowlands in Soweto, has failed three times to win SA titles. He lost twice to Chris van Heerden in fights for the welterweight belt and once, in August 2012, to Tsiko Mulovhedzi for the vacant welterweight title. (more…)
on Saturday night, ‘Saint’ George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) returns following his Wembley Stadium blockbuster and is straight back on the World title trail with a European championship challenge and WBC world title final eliminator against Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) at the SSE Arena, Wembley. Alongside the ‘Return of the Saint’, fans can look forward to an undercard featuring up=and-coming talent. (more…)
Boxing returns on Saturday at Resorts World Casino New York City. The card which is promoted by New Legend Boxing will feature unbeaten jr middleweight Frank Galarza (14-0-2, 9 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY against Jhonathan Batista (14-3, 7 KOs) from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Galarza, who has appeared twice this year on Showtime ShoBox series, won the NYS title in 2013 and the WBC Latino title in 2014. Also being featured on the card will be junior middleweight Altantez Fox (12-0-1, 4 KOs) of Forestville, Maryland and super bantamweight Danny Aquino (15-2, 10 KOs) of Meriden, Connecticut (by way of Mexico). Both fighters were recently signed to a co-promotional agreement between New Legend Boxing and DiBella Entertainment.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum says WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is losing his fan base. “His PPV numbers have been going down considerably,” Arum told the South China Morning Post. “For example his numbers from the Maidana fight were considerably less than the first fight and less than Pacquiao did when he fought Bradley. What that tells us is that people are getting disgusted with Mayweather and his base is eroding, particularly his urban base in the United States because he’s fighting with very popular rap stars, the urban population is not happy with a lot that goes on in his personal life.”
Arum also stated Mayweather should consider fighting Manny Pacquiao in Macau. “Top Rank would be amenable to Macau but whether Mayweather would agree to have it in Macau that’s something I rather doubt because Mayweather is not the most sophisticated guy. In his mind, all Asians are the same, doesn’t matter whether you’re Chinese, Japanese or Filipino, you’re Asian and you’re the same. In his mind, fighting Manny in Macau would be like fighting on Manny’s home court.”
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Amanda Serrano 125.6 vs. Jackie Trivilino 125
Junior Wright 197 vs. Kamarah Pasley 198.2
Dimash Niyazov 136.8 vs. Jamell Tyson 137
Gary Beriguette 142.8 vs. Rapahel Luna 141.8
Peter Reyes 163 vs. Maurice Amaro 161
Peter Dobson 147 vs. Mack Babb 146.8
Promoter: Star of David Promotions
Venue: Master Theater in Brooklyn, NY
1st Bell: 7:45 PM ET
Chris Gilbert 147 vs. Steven Matthews 158
Mark DeLuca 163 vs. Gundrick King 165
Russell Lamour 167.5 vs. Dennis Ogboo 171
Brandon Berry 141.5 vs. Theo Desjardin 137
Venue: Verizon Wireless Center, Manchester, New Hampshire
Promoter: 13th annual Fight To Educate Pro-Am Boxing
Proceeds will benefit SEE Science Center, The Bobby Stephens Fund for Education, and New Horizons for New Hampshire.
New York Golden Gloves heavyweight gold medalist George Arias of the Bronx, N.Y. will turn pro on Top Rank’s big fight card Saturday, October 4 at Bally’s Park Place, Atlantic City, N.J. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum made the announcement today. Arias, an explosive puncher, will fight on an event headlined by Glen Tapia of Passaic, N.J. Tapia will take on Donatas Bondoras of Lithuania. In the co-feature, popular super middleweight Jesse ‘Hard Work’ Hart of Philadelphia will face Roberto Acevedo of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Arias, whose favorite fighters are Mike Tyson and Joe Frazier, is trained and handled by Leon Washington of New York. “My father (Leon) and myself know Bruce Trampler at Top Rank. We called Bruce and told him George is prepared and ready for professional boxing,” said Washington. “We call him ‘Gentleman George’ because he smiles and shakes everyone’s hands going into the ring. But then he goes in and destroys, shaking hands again as he walks down the ring steps.” (more…)
WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather sounds like he’s about to clean house. Mayweather told Fighthype that he and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe are “outgrowing” each other and “no longer on the same page mentally.” Floyd also stated that there are issues with longtime cutman Rafael Garcia and he’ll have “a totally new team” in May. Whether Ellerbe is out or simply “on punishment” from Floyd remains to be seen, as they have patched up differences before. Ellerbe was unavailable for comment.
Also the presence of former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer looms as a possible replacement if something can be arranged with Golden Boy, which claims to have Schaefer under contract until 2018. Schaefer attended Mayweather-Maidana as Floyd’s guest.
We do know that at least one member of the Money Team is safe. Floyd confirmed “Al Haymon ain’t going nowhere.”
Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events
Cruiserweight Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs) is gearing up for his clash with Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday’s special afternoon edition of NBC Fight Night which will take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. The 26 year old southpaw from South Africa, grew up watching his father, also a boxer, in the gym. Wanting to be just like Dad, Thabiso literally mirrored his father’s moves, leaving the right-handed would-be-boxer with a lefty’s stance. By the time Thabiso started boxing at eight years old, the southpaw style had stuck – it was too late to make the adjustment back to an orthodox stance. “I watched him hit the bag and then I started doing my shadow boxing,” explained Mchunu, “I am actually right-handed, but only in boxing am I a lefty because of how I started boxing. Then I just stayed as a lefty. By the time they started to teach me to be a righty, it was too late and they said I must stay a lefty. I think I did the right thing because I love being a southpaw.”
Sometimes referred to as the “200 Pound Mayweather”, Thabiso is not short on confidence. “The Rock” likes the comparison to Floyd saying, “I think it is good for boxing and especially for me to be compared to the greatest boxer in the world. Sometimes I wish we were in the same division so I could face him because I believe I am smarter than him.” (more…)
Chicago’s Antonio “Aztec God of War” Canas (10-1-1, 4 KOs) looks to hand Rafael Hernandez (8-0, 5 KOs) of Grand Rapids, MI, his first defeat when the two square off in eight round welterweight bout during Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond” at The Venue on Friday night. “I work very hard in the gym and I am well prepared so stepping in the ring is the easy part,” said Canas. “Now its time to give Hernadez his first defeat and bring home the win.”
Canas, who is emerging as Chicago’s best 140 pounder, has developed a reputation as a hard worker who is not afraid to take on tough opponents. “Antonio is one of the hardest workers out there and unlike many, he takes the hard fights,” said Bobby Hitz. “By facing an undefeated boxer like Hernandez he is showing the boxing world that he needs to be taken seriously.” Rita “La Guera” Figueroa, who trains Canas alongside the legendary Sam Colonna, added, “Antonio is one of the hardest working fighters out there and he keeps getting better and better,” said Figueroa. “He is easy to train because he always listens.”
Tickets for “Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond” are available at hitzboxing.com and at The Venue Box office. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the first fight is at 7:30 PM.
By Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) answers questions in advance of his title defense against unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland at the final press conference before their clash on. The interview is followed by a special media workout where both fighters demonstrate their skills for the press.
Unbeaten bantamweight Randy “El Matador” Caballero steps out of the shadows next month when he fights former champion Stuart Hall for the IBF championship on the Golden Gloves “Title Tornado” tournament in Monte Carlo on October 25. Just 23, the American (21-0, 13 KOs) has already stepped into dangerous territory, having stunned Kohei Oba in an official IBF eliminator in Japan in April. This time it is all on the line as he seeks to deliver on the rich promise he showed as an amateur when he won numerous US national championship titles and captured bronze at the world championships.
“It’s a dream come true,” said the Golden Boy fighter from his home in Coachella Valley, California. “I’ve seen Hall fight, he’s been a world champion, but his time is done. It’s time for me to come up. I’m a young fighter and I’m ready to put on a show in Monte Carlo.” (more…)
The undercard has been announced for the September 27 pro boxing card at the OKC Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City. Former winner of “The Contender” and well-known Okalahoma-based jr middleweight spoiler Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (31-19, 16 KOs) of Lawton, Oklahoma, will take on veteran “Prince” Said Ouali (29-4, 21 KOs) of Las Vegas via Belgium/Morocco in an eight-round showdown. Also unbeaten welterweight Juan Alejandro “Alex” Saucedo (14-0, 10 KOs) will face TBA in an eight-rounder.
In the featured bouts, former two-division world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs) faces Allen “Funky Cole” Medina (9-23-1, 1 KO), former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-5, 27 KOs) meets Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey (12-3, 12 KOs) and former IBF jr middleweight champion “Yory Boy” Campas (102-17-3, 79 KOs) battles Julio Cesar Lanzas (8-19-6, 1 KO).
2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr (11-0, 7 KOs) will return to the ring on September 29, to face Mexico’s Raul “Bule” Hidalgo (21-11, 16 KOs) in a 10-round co-main event featherweight bout on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
In the 10-round heavyweight main event, former light heavyweight world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver meets top contender Johnathon Banks in a matchup of veterans looking to make their case for a shot at a world title.
Also in action in a non-televised bout will be unbeaten San Antonio prospect Joseph “Texas Mongoose” Rodriguez (6-0, 2 KOs). He’ll be taking on Corpus Christi’s Jeremy Longoria (6-4, 1 KO) in an All-Texas showdown scheduled for six rounds in the junior featherweight division.
World Boxing Association super flyweight world champion Kohei Kono and the second rated contender Koki Kameda have reached an agreement to avoid a purse bid summoned for today in Panama. Both the Kono and Kameda teams decided to negotiate according to an official announcement made by Watanabe Promotions and Kameda Promotions. The Japanese Boxing Commission had previously come out against this fight so it’s unlikely these two Japanese stars will be facing each other in Japan if the bout comes to fruition since Kameda has had his license revoked.
Photos: Philip Sharkey
Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) has arrived in London ready to defend his European Super Middleweight crown in a WBC World title final eliminator against George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs).
Today at a media workout at Stonebridge Boxing Club the Frenchman shared his thoughts ahead of Saturday night’s fight at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
Christopher Rebrasse: “I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking forward to Saturday night. Groves is a good boxer but I am ready to do whatever it takes to get the win. I cannot say whether I will beat Groves inside the distance or after the final bell but I am confident I will win. I’ve come to London as the champion and I will be leaving as the champion.” (more…)
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