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Report and photos by Joe Koizumi
WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10 KOs), Japan, will risk his belt against highly respected two-time world titlist, unbeaten Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (39-0, 33 KOs), from Nicaragua, in a greatly anticipated contest in Tokyo on this coming Friday. Also, WBC light-flyweight ruler Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5 KOs), a 21-year-old Japanese, will make an initial defense of his belt against Thailand’s Samartlek Kokietgym (17-4, 5 KOs) in a companion title go. Supporting to the twinbill is a showdown of former Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (4-0, 4 KOs) against Mexican middleweight titlist Adrian Luna (17-2-1, 11 KOs) over ten frames.
Today we saw a press conference with all participants in attendance in front of many press people.
The WBC officials are as follows: Yaegashi vs. Gonzalez: Referee Michael Griffin (Canada); judges Steve Morrow, Hubert Minn and Fernando Barbosa (all US); supervisor WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman (Mexico).
Inoue vs. Samartlek: Referee Gelasio Perez (Mexico); judges Steve Morrow, Fernando Barbosa (US), Kyoung-Ha Shin (Korea); supervisor Duane Ford (US).
Yaegashi, making his fourth defense, will face a most dangerous and formidable opponent in his career, as Gonzalez previously conquered a couple of world belts in the 105-pound and 108-pound categories and stays still unbeaten. (more…)
What will it take to get Floyd Mayweather into the ring with Manny Pacquiao?
“If Pacquiao is signed by Mayweather Promotions, then the fight could happen,” said Floyd on Tuesday at an open media workout. “But if he’s not signed to Mayweather Promotions, then I’m not really focused on the fight. As of right now, I can’t overlook Maidana. He’s a tough competitor, he’s a hard worker and he’s a guy that’s coming to fight.”
Back in May, Pacquiao signed a highly publicized contract extension with Top Rank effective through 2016, which Floyd is presumably aware of.
Ricky Hatton says Sergey Rabchenko’s November 12 clash with former three-time world champion Anthony Mundine is amongst the biggest he’s been involved in as a promoter. ‘The Hitman’, who also trains Rabchenko, has played a key role in world title fights involving the likes of Martin Murray and Ryan Rhodes since starting Hatton Promotions in 2009 and feels this will be an equally huge event.
Mundine was once the highest paid player in Australian Rugby League and his star has shone ever brighter since he switched to boxing thanks to victories over the likes of Sam Soliman, Daniel Geale and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Rabchenko will put his WBC Silver light-middleweight title and number two world ranking on the line in front of what is sure to be mammoth crowd at the Hisense Arena in Melborne and Hatton has no doubts about the fight’s importance. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
This Thursday night, California boxing hall of fame and NABF female promoter of the year Bobby D. Presents will showcase a much awaited fight card billed as “San Diego Fights: Dangerous Divas” where for the first time in southern California three female fights will be featured on the scheduled five-bout card. The live professional boxing event will take place at the new home for San Diego Boxing, the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley. In the main event, San Diego’s own two-time world champion Jolene “Classy Assasin” Blackshear (8-5, 3KO) will have a true test in her hands when she takes on the always tough Susan Reno (1-2-1) of New York for six light flyweight rounds. (more…)
This week, the UFC not only returns to Connecticut for the first time in several years with the UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi card, but the show takes place on Friday, which longtime fans will remember as the regular stomping grounds for the promotion . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Former heavyweight contender Charlie Powell has passed away at the age of 82. Powell fought the likes of Cassius Clay and Floyd Patterson while compiling a career record of 25-11-3 with 17 KOs. He campaigned between 1953 and 1965. In addition to boxing, Powell played seven years in the NFL.
Floyd Mayweather comments on 50 Cent’s accusations of illiteracy. More
Manny Pacquiao scoffs at Mayweather’s undefeated record. More
Coming soon to Philly: Nine feet of Joe Frazier. More
Michigan hopeful Jordan Shimmell gets matched in Las Vegas. More
Former cruiserweight world title challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-2, 13 KOs) will come off a two year layoff against heavy-handed Epifanio Mendoza (39-18-1, 34 KOs) on September 20 at the Mela Room in Orlando, FL.
“Epifanio Mendoza is a very dangerous opponent and some are questioning why I’m taking on such a risky guy when I’ve been out of the ring for two years,” said Palacios, an Orlando resident who is now training under the watchful eye of John Scully. “My goal is to win a cruiserweight championship next year and facing a tough challenge in my comeback fight should show everybody how serious I am about making it to the top.”
Palacios and Mendoza meet for the USBU cruiserweight belt in the eight round main event. Promoted by World Wide Elite Entertainment, tickets to “The Comeback” are $25 for general admission, $45 to sit ringside and $500 for VIP tables of 6 with bottle service included. Call 561-702-7068.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York’s undefeated WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri pose together during a commercial shoot Tuesday, on ‘Day 9′ of their worldwide tour.
Pacquiao and Algieri, along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., are on a 27,273-mile media tour, that began on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao. The 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the San Francisco Chronicle that the long awaited confrontation between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather could happen next year. “Both networks want this fight to happen,” said Arum. “All signs seem to point to the fight happening early next year. There is a sell-by date, where it becomes ‘Who cares?’ It has to happen by the first six months of next year. And if it happens, there should be a provision with a different percentage for the rematch. So that the winner is rewarded for winning the fight. I would love to see these guys fight twice next year.”
Floyd Mayweather, however, was mum about the possibility of facing Manny. “As of right now I can’t say what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather,” said Floyd at a workout on Tuesday. “I can’t overlook Maidana. And I think that’s what happened in the Marquez-Manny fight. Manny was too focused on Floyd Mayweather instead of the guy that was in front of him. So as of right now, Manny Pacquiao is not my focus.”
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WBA & IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev held a press conference in New York City and a media roundtable in Philadelphia Tuesday to officially announce their light heavyweight unification bout on Saturday, Nov. 8 taking place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Check out what the fighters and promoters had to say below:
Bernard Hopkins: “When fighters want to fight, this is what happens. When we really want to do it and our promoters do as well, we get it done…I take everything I do extremely seriously. But people ask me, how can I continue to do this? I have no plan or timetable when I put my mind to something…I want the best. Hagler fought the best. Ray Leonard fought the best. The Alis of the world, they fought the best. I’m from the era where I fought the best and that’s important to me. I receive undisputed status in 2001 and that was special. (more…)
Could WBO middleweight Peter Quillin pass up a career high $1.4 million payday against mandatory challenger Matt Korobov? The Quillin camp has asked for two extensions to sign for the fight against Korobov, which would be promoted by Roc Nation Sports, which won a purse auction with a $1,904,840 bid. The reason for the delays are said to be Quillin Family’s desire for privacy after the birth of a son last Saturday. The WBO has set a final deadline of Thursday.
There is speculation that the Quillin camp is looking at a fight with newly crowned WBA “regular” titlist Daniel Jacobs instead. However, if Quillin takes that fight, he will almost certainly be stripped of the WBO belt. Both Quillin and Jacobs are managed by Al Haymon.
The UFC® announced today the launch of a nationwide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring top Hispanic UFC stars. UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and The Ultimate Fighter® season one winner Diego Sanchez lead more than a dozen UFC fighters and personalities on a month-long celebration in honor of Hispanic heritage and to give fans the opportunity to meet their favorite Hispanic fighters. UFC partners and affiliates such as FOX Deportes, Metro PCS, Comcast, COX and Anheuser-Busch will also take part in the celebration. In addition, the UFC will team up with the MLS’ Houston Dynamo as well as the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball, for exciting fan events at upcoming sporting events. Along with the announcement of the UFC selling out UFC 180 in Mexico City on Nov. 15 and the breakthrough success of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, Hispanic Heritage Month will be the perfect celebration of diversity in the UFC and will showcase amazing Hispanic athletes proudly representing their culture. (more…)
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Light Heavyweight kings Bernard Hopkins, 55-6-2, 32 KOs, the WBA/IBF 175-pound champion, and Sergey Kovalev, 25-0-1, 23 KOs, champion of the WBO, held court with the Philadelphia media at the Liacouras Center on North Broad Street Tuesday morning. The event was the first stop on a two-city promotional jaunt to promote their upcoming unification fight, scheduled for November 8 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Hopkins and Kovalev stopped in Philly before traveling to New York for a second press conference. Both boxers appeared upbeat and ready to fight. (more…)
On Friday, September 19, Heavyweight Joey Dawejko take on Yohan Banks in the featured 8-round bout at Harrahs Philadelphia. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions, XFE and Peltz Boxing Promotions.
Banks of Redwood City, California has a record of 7-8-3 with 5 knockouts. He has wins over undefeated former Miami Hurricane standout Qudtrine Hill (1-0) & Skyler Anderson (16-1-1). Banks is riding 2 fight knockout streak with big wins over Bomani Parker and his last bout when he stopped Tim Puller (20-6) in four rounds on September 21, 2013 in Shelton, Washington.
Dawejko of Philadelphia has a record of 11-4-2 with 4 knockouts and is on a three fight winning streak. (more…)
On Saturday, September 27, 2014, big-name boxing returns to Oklahoma City, as Ivaylo Gotzev and his Epic Sports and Entertainment will present a show entitled “Rumble on the River” at OKC Downtown Airpark. Featured in the dual main events will be the return of a pair of well-known names.
Appearing in separate bouts will be colorful and always entertaining former WBA/WBC Welterweight and former WBC Light Middleweight Champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs) and hard-hitting former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter (34-5, 27 KOs).
Also, former IBF Light Middleweight champion “Yory Boy” Campas (102-17-3, 79 KOs) will be going for 103rd victory in the chief supporting bout.
All three former champions’ opponents will be announced shortly.
Tickets for “Rumble on the River” start at $25 and are available at any Buy For Less location or online at www.airparktickets.com. VIP tables are also available by calling 818.575.0151.
Lightweight Anthony Crolla knows his world title dreams will left in tatters if he does not overcome Gamaliel Diaz when they clash for the WBO Inter-Continental title at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on September 13. Crolla is ranked fourth with the WBO and victory over former WBC Super Featherweight champion Diaz will see the ‘Million Dollar’ Manchester man close in on a World title challenge.
The 27 year old is hoping his hometown crowd can help roar him to victory as they have done before, and says he is expecting a tough encounter with Mexican Diaz.
“Early on his career he lost quite a few but since then he has learnt how to fight,” said Crolla. “He is a former World champion and he holds a win over Robert Guerrero. This is the most important fight of my career because if all goes wrong for me on September 13 then the big plans I have for World titles back in Manchester won’t happen. (more…)
Things are all set for Saturday’s big showdown at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City where WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco ‘Gallo’ Estrada (26-2, 19 KOs) will face former champion Giovani ‘Guerrero Azteca’ Segura (32-3, 28 KOs).
Juan Francisco Estrada: “We’re almost ready. Now all I have to do is take care of the weight and fine tune some technical details, but the preparation already finished. I am anxious to be in there with Segura.”
Giovani Segura: “We already wrapped up practically everything, so now all we have left is work on flexibility and speed. It will be something light during the afternoon. We’re already on the weight and I don’t believe that there is problem. Lately I’ve weighed 112 pounds before the day of the weigh-in. As always I’ll give everything in the ring and win. This fight will be another war.”
World champions Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev will host a New York City press conference today to officially announce their November 8 light heavyweight unification bout taking place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City live on HBO.
Boxing writer Mark Turley has written a new book titled Journeymen: The Other Side of the Boxing Business, a New Perspective on the Noble Art Hardcover, scheduled for release on September 18. The book tells a story of the modern-day boxers who lose for a living with in depth interviews with a number of boxers with more than 100 career losses.
Looks like cruiserweight rivals Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew will be fighting in a world title eliminator on December 6 in Sheffield, England.
Jr. middleweight contender Glen ‘Jersey Boy’ Tapia (21-1, 13 KOs), of Passaic, NJ, faces Donatas Bondorvas (18-5-1, 6 KOs), of Chicago, in a 10-round clash on Saturday, October 4th at Bally’s Park Place in Atlantic City, NJ. It will Tapia’s first fight since annihilating Keenan Collins in one round in June. He was also scheduled to fight on the July 26 Golovkin-Geale card in New York City, but that bout was scratched by the NYSAC due to a minor blood abnormality.
Also on the card is an interesting fight between undefeated super middleweight Jesse Hart, (14-0, 11 KOs), of Philadelphia and Robert Jose Acevedo (8-2, 5 KOs), of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in an eight rounder.
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