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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Japanese heavyweight champ, WBC#21 Kyotaro Fujimoto (10-1, 6 KOs), 232.5, retained his national belt when he bloodied compatriot Kotatsu Takehara (10-10-3, 4 KOs; AKA Masataka Takehara), 224, so profusely that the referee declared a TKO win for the champ since he saw the loser unfit to go on further at 0:44 of the fifth round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kyotaro, formerly a MMA battler, rocked his grudge rival with a solid right and opened a nasty laceration over the left eyebrow midway in round two. The third witnessed the faster champ connect with quick combinations to the face, pinning him to the ropes, where the third man took a standing count against the fading veteran. But Takehara gamely fought back hard and landed some strong rights to have the crowd on its feet in the fourth. The ref, however, had the ringside physician examine the challenger’s deep gashes twice before he finally called a halt in favor of the champ. Kyotaro, a Japanese Canelo with red-dyed hair, looked sharp and strong this night, showing a much better performance than in his last against ex-WBA 154-pound interim titlist Nobuhiro Ishida this April. (more…)
Honoring Louisville, KY boxer Rudell Stitch. More
Mikey Garcia takes on Top Rank. More
Jordan Shimmell looks to make a hit in Las Vegas. More
Manny Pacquiao plays TV host. More
Photos: Joel Colon
With three brutal KO losses in his last four fights, former two division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs) and his team have to take a close look at his future in the ring.
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
In a clash for the vacant WBA interim world heavyweight title, unbeaten Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs) scored a first round KO over previously unbeaten Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-1, 16 KOs) on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Ortiz dropped Kayode in round one and later got the stoppage from referee Robert Byrd with a barrage of unanswered punches just before the bell. Kayode complained about the stoppage, which seemed a bit quick. Time was 2:55. Ortiz joins Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev as fighters recognized as some form of WBA world heavyweight champion.
In the co-feature, WBA interim featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (25-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over former two division champion Juan Manuel Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs). Cuellar came out aggressively and took the fight to Juanma. In round two a flush right hook left Juanma face down on the canvas. Time was 1:36. (more…)
Photos: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions
Fighters on the televised undercard for “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ took center stage Thursday for the final press conference before they enter the ring this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on PPV. Here’s what Thursday’s press conference participants had to say.
Leo Santa Cruz:
“I’m very happy to be on this big undercard. This is the biggest card I could possibly be on. We trained really hard for this fight. It’s the biggest fight of my life because millions of people will be watching and I need to take advantage of that opportunity. I know people think this is going to be an easy fight for me, but you’re going to be surprised Saturday night. I used to spar with Roman and I had to train really hard for him because I know what he brings. I don’t underestimate anybody. Every fighter up there is dangerous. I have to go out there and work hard and give it my best to prove I belong here. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw hard-puncher, WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will risk his belt against official challenger and ex-WBC titlist Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-5-1, 16 KOs), from Thailand, in Tokyo, Japan, on October 22. Yamanaka, 31, successfully registered six defenses with the latest five within the distance to his credit. The only challenger he failed to finish was Vic Darchinyan, then still durable and dangerous, in his initial defense in April 2012. Suriyan, former WBC 115-pound ruler, captured the belt by defeating Mexican lefty Tomas Rojas by a unanimous decision in Thailand in 2011, but forfeited it to Japan’s Yota Sato (already retired) in his second defense here in Tokyo in March 2012. Since then, he participated in no less than seventeen bouts in two years and a half, winning all to zoom up to the top in the bantam category. Suriyan is an aggressive fighter, while Yamanaka is an upright southpaw boxer with hard-hitting ability. It will be a greatly competitive game with many Japanese aficionados expecting Yamanaka’s six consecutive knockouts. (more…)
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Rising lightweight prospect Karl “Dynamite” Dargan, 16-0, 8 KOs, and his trainer Brother Naazim Richardson held an open media workout on Thursday at the James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym in West Philadelphia. Dargan is slated to face Angino Perez, 17-5, 15 KOs, September 20th, at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT. The 10-round bout is for the Junior NABF lightweight title and will be nationally televised on network television by NBC.
Dargan was an outstanding amateur, before beginning his professional campaign in 2007. His early pro career was plagued by inactivity. But with greater activity in recent years, Dargan has begun to rise in the rankings and attract the attention of boxing fans. His fight on NBC will be his second on the network. Dargan beat Michael Brooks by decision last November for the vacant USBA Atlantic Coast Region lightweight title. He followed up that win with two more victories this year.
On this day, Dargan went through a light workout for local media, and was scheduled to return to the same gym for more training later in the day.
“He’ll be back in tonight,” Brother Naazim Richardson said. “This young guy is a pleasure to work with, for the simple fact that he’s very mature.” (more…)
Listed below are the final weights for all of the participants for “Title For Title,” live professional boxing scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12th, 2014 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Rich Gingras 172.5 vs. Joey McCreedy 175
Nick Delomba 145 vs. Christian Steele 145
Alvin Varmall Jr. 193 vs. Antonio Mignella 195
Sergio Cabrera 165 vs. Khiary Gray-Pitts 160
Ray Oliveira Jr. 157 vs. Angel Valdez 154
Zack Christy 167 vs. Saul Almeida 167.5
Scott Sullivan 136 vs. Moises Rivera 140
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs) has targeted Chinese boxing star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Zou Shiming (5-0,3KO’s) after defeating Puerto Rico’s IBF #1 rated McWilliams Arroyo (15-2, 13 KOs) on Wednesday at Nakhon, Ratchasima, Thailand. Ruenroeng’s promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Ruenroeng scored a clear points win over Arroyo to defend the title successfully for the second time. China’s Zou Shiming defeated Ruenroeng in the amateur ranks at the 2010 Asian Games and we would now offer to give an opportunity for Shiming to challenge for the IBF world title. Top Rank should take this opportunity for Shiming to become world champion. I am confident Ruenroeng will defeat Shiming.”
By all measures, Max Holloway has already had a successful 2014 campaign.
Over the first eight months of the year, the Hawaiian featherweight has amassed three stoppage victories, beginning with a Knockout of the Night-winning performance against Will Chope on the first fight card of the year and continuing with a third-round submission win against fellow prospect Andre Fili at UFC 172 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Silva vs. Arlovski is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
Finally. The official announcement has been made for the WBC world title bout between two legendary Mexican warriors, current featherweight champion Jhonny González (56-8, 47 KOs) and his challenger, multiple division champ Jorge “Travieso” Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) to be held on October 4 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico by Televisa.
Jhonny Gonzalez: “I’m ready to defend my title against anyone. I respect Arce for all that he’s done in boxing, but now is my time and and this will be my night.”
Jorge Arce: “I want to win and I am going to win. Those who are picking Jhonny are going to be wrong. I am determined to get my sixth belt.”
Promoter Oswaldo Kuchle: “To Promociones del Pueblo this is a great victory for the TV boxing broadcast to unify the two biggest Mexican TV companies in TV Azteca and our partner Televisa. This fight may be the start to other mega boxing night in the future.” photos
InterBox and Lucian Bute (31-2-0 24 KOs) have announced that the Romania native will continue his career and his training under trainer of the year Freddie Roach and his team. A few weeks ago, while Lucian was visiting California, the famous trainer got to see him in action. Impressed by what he saw, and being confident in Bute’s abilities, the alliance between Freddie Roach and the Laval resident naturally came to fruition.
“It’s an honor for me to benefit from the advices of a renown trainer. I have the intention to give everything I have to come back strong in the ring for my fans and the boxing supporters,” said Bute. He will join Manny Pacquiao’s training camp in the Philippines. This training camp is held for Manny Pacquiao’s November 22th bout vs Chris Algieri in China. The goal is to continue working on his technique and also continuing his own preparation for his return scheduled in the next few months. (more…)
Heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham (27-6, 12 KOs) takes on unbeaten Natu “The Truth” Visinia (10-0, 8 K0s) on Saturday evening, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena when NBCSN’s popular Fight Night boxing series returns to South Philadelphia. Cunningham’s brutal battle with then-undefeated Amir “Hardcore” Mansour on April 4 in front of an electrified hometown crowd earned him the USBA Heavyweight Title and was an instant classic.
The Oct. 18 show also features a solid 10-round junior lightweight contest between Edner Cherry, of Wauchula, FL, and Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX. The Fight Night telecast will begin at 9 PM ET. The doors will open at 6 PM.
Cunningham, 38, spent the majority of his career at cruiserweight before moving up to heavyweight two years ago. “This is the third undefeated heavyweight that I am facing and he has more career heavyweight fights than I do,” Cunningham explained. “I have fought more undefeated heavyweight fighters than some heavyweights fight in their entire career. I am up for the challenge. It is always a challenge fighting a young untested fighter, but a job has to be done. We are going to do the job, get this victory and be impressive.” (more…)
History will be made in female boxing on September 13, 2014 when IBF Champion Ivana Habazin and WBC, WBA and WBO Champion Cecelia Braekhus meet in the ring at TAP 1 in Copenhagen, Denmark, each aiming to become the first undisputed female welterweight champion of the world. The fight, headlining a card properly titled “Making History,” will be the first unification fight in female boxing history where all four titles are on the line. IBF President Daryl Peoples stated, “On behalf of the IBF, I wish both of these talented women the best of luck on this day and congratulate them on reaching this pinnacle in their careers. Ivana Habazin and Cecilia Braekhus have worked hard to get to this point and as an organization we are proud to be a part of this momentous event in the sport.”
European bantamweight champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov (23-1, 16 KOs) scored a one round blow out of previously unbeaten Gagi Edisherashvili (7-1, 6 KOs) in Minsk on Wednesday night. Zhakiyanov, fighting under the Hatton Promotions banner, added the vacant WBC EPBC bantamweight title to his European crown. He will be back in action against Australia’s former Commonwealth title challenger Fred Fundraby on the Rabchenko v Mundine undercard in Melbourne on November 12 and another win will likely see him box for a world title in early 2015.
On the undercard, light-welterweight KO artist Kirill Relikh took his perfect record to 17-0 with 15 KOs after demolishing George Abramishvili (10-5-1, 5 KOs) in the second round.
WBA “regular” super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg and challenger Stephane Jamoye faced off Thursday at the final press conference for their world title clash on Saturday night at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England.
Scott Quigg: I don’t underestimate anyone but I have been in the gym solidly since Munyai and I promise a career-best performance on Saturday.
Stephane Jamoye: The move up to Super Bantam will help me and I am expecting to win on Saturday night.
“I have to focus on my fight. I can’t focus on anything else going on, I have a tough fighter in front me and he needs all my focus. We’ve had a remarkable training camp. Truly unbelievable. I feel a lot stronger than last time. It’s about hard work, dedication, prayers, belief and a good team. I know I’m almost 40, but I’m still going strong. I want to go out there and perform.
“The first fight was very interesting. Hopefully this time around the fight is even more exciting. Maidana is always in top shape. He absolutely deserves this rematch. I commend him for stepping up and making it happen again. I’m a true champion and a true champion never backs down. I need a knockout and I’m going for it. I need it to make a statement. First for myself, I want to do it for me. (more…)
“I think I did get tired in the first fight. I have to pace myself a little better and this time around I will be better. If the knockout comes great, but I’m ready to go the distance as well. I’m ready to make history. I have to use my distance a little more and pick and choose my punches. I wasted too many punches last fight. I have to work my distance correctly and get leverage.
“I think Floyd got pressured by the press and I think that he knows the first fight was close so he’s giving me the rematch and I have to take full advantage. I actually had two full months to prepare this time. I worked very hard and that’s probably why I look a little skinnier this time. I think Floyd is going to run but I’m going to have to do a good job of cutting off the ring.”
Hall of Fame boxing official Larry Hazzard has been reinstated as commissioner of the New Jersey Athletic Control Board. Next week Hazzard replaces Aaron Davis, who is taking to another state job. Hazzard headed the Control Board for 22 years before being ousted in 2007 due to a conflict with the NJ Attorney General’s Office, which oversees the boxing commission.
The undercard for the upcoming UFC Fight Night show in Brasilia, Brazil showcases a slew of veteran fighters looking to return to their winning ways after recent setbacks. While there are a few prospects littering this undercard, it’s the veterans who really highlight the show here, with five bouts in total and 45 total fights of UFC experience between 10 fighters . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Silva vs. Arlovski is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more
Formerly world ranked Khabir Suleymanov (17-4-1, 6 KOs) based out of Southern California will look to upset unbeaten Jonathan Guzman (16-0, 16 KOs) of the Dominican Republic on October 4. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds and contracted weight of 123 pounds. Site will be the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. “We as a team decided to take this fight because we think its a good opportunity for Khabir. He will be fighting at a very comfortable weight and is training extremely hard for this fight. His trainer Buddy McGirt will have him prepared to pull off the upset,” said his manager Andrew Zak CEO of Journeyman Management. (more…)
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“Bob Arum’s just trying to sell tickets,” says Mayweather, disputing “secret talks” about a showdown with Manny Pacquiao. More
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Luis Ortiz 233.8 vs. Lateef Kayode 221.2
(WBA interim heavyweight title)
Jesus Cuellar 125.6 vs. Juan Manuel Lopez 125
(WBA interim featherweight title)
Jermall Charlo 155.8 vs. Norberto Gonzalez 156.2
Julian Williams 154.2 vs. Eliezer Gonzalez 154.2
Errol Spence 148 vs. Noe Bolanos 149.8
Josesito Lopez 146 vs. Rafael Cobos 146.4
Jamel Herring 134.4 vs. Luis Pelayo 137
Jordan Shimmell 197.8 vs. Joell Godfrey 199.6
Prichard Colon 151.2 vs. Christopher Degollado 150.6
Bryant Perrella 147 vs. Victor Fonseca 147.6
Oscar Negrete 118.8 vs. Gabriel Braxton 119
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico will be the venue for not one, but two world title fights on September 20.
In the main event, Orlando “Siri” Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs) faces Terdsak “Pit Bull” Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33 KOs) for the vacant WBO interim jr lightweight belt. The interim title was ordered due to the inactivity of WBO 130lb champion Mikey Garcia.
In the second world title fight, Javier “Cobrita” Mendoza (21-2-1, 18 KOs) meets Ramon “Principe” Garcia Hirales (20-4-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBF jr flyweight title. That title became vacant when reigning champion John Riel Casimero lost the title on the scale in May.
Before the main event and televised bouts on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME PPV get underway Saturday, boxing fans arriving early at the MGM Grand Garden Arena can see seven additional non-televised fights.
Undefeated and coming off an impressive technical knockout victory on Aug. 30, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (7-0, 7 KOs) is one of the top rising stars in the Mayweather Promotions’ stable. The Chicago native looks to remain undefeated when he faces Lake Odessa, Michigan’s Caleb Grummet (3-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round cruiserweight match. (more…)
Story and photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBioxingHistory.com
Cruiserweight Garrett Wilson, 13-7-1, 7 KOs, held an open workout Wednesday in advance of his nationally televised main event with South African Thabiso Mchunu, 16-1, 11 KOs, scheduled for September 20th, at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT. The 10-round bout will be televised on NBC network TV, in a special Saturday afternoon boxing telecast. For Wilson, it will be his first fight in ten months, after an Achilles’ injury forced a cancellation of this same match up, when it was originally scheduled for January. When this bout was first proposed, Wilson was coming off a 10-round decision loss to heavyweight contender Vyacheslav Glazkov, also televised on NBC network television. Wilson accepted that fight on just three-day’s notice.
An unknown Mchunu bounced onto to the boxing scene with an impressive shutout of contender Eddie Chambers about one year ago, in his first fight outside of South Africa. He followed that up with another win in January against Olan Durodola, a fight that earned Mchunu the NABF cruiserweight title previously owned by Wilson. Garrett never lost that belt in the ring. He was forced to vacate the belt when he fought an IBF eliminator bout in Romania.
With a win against Mchunu, Wilson would reclaim his belt and earn a top-ten ranking among the world’s 200-pounders. However, Mchunu is considered a tough test, even without such a long layoff. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Aleem Whitfield 188 vs. Eric George 189.2
Martez Potter 155.8 vs. Antonio Chaves Fernandez 155
Tony Brinson 172 vs. Donovan Scott 171.6
Joe Shell 133.8 vs. Dante Palmer 133
Brandon Williams 132.6 vs. Joe Gbolo 135.2
Paul DeLong 296 vs. Ray Santiago 234
Usiel Hernandez 132.4 vs. Tyrell White 134.8
Venue: Holiday Inn Liverpool, NY
Promoter: JKJ Championship Promotions (Jay Johnson)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Doors Open: 6 p.m. First Bell: 7 p.m.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, in Toronto for his acclaimed one-man show, didn’t like like the direction this live TV interview was taking. WARNING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE
The WBO World Championship Committee has announced that WBO #1 ranked contender Matt Korobov and WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade will fight for the belt formerly held by Peter Quillin, who relinquished the title rather than face Korobov. Andrade was chosen over WBO #2 contender Billy Joe Saunders, whom the WBO noted has never faced a top 15 opponent. Both sides have 15 days to reach an agreement or a purse bid will be called.
Photos: Joel A. Colon-PRBB
WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather and former champion Marcos Maidana faced off at the final press conference on Wednesday for their showdown on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The mood seemed somewhat muted due to heat Floyd has received from some in the press over comments he made on the Ray Rice situation. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe admonished the press over the treatment Floyd’s been getting.
Leonard Ellerbe: He’s become a guy who wears a target on his back. No matter what he says, no matter what he does, people form an opinion, they tend to take things out of context. But it just comes with the territory. When you’re on top and you’ve been on top for so many years people are gunning at you. And the least little thing you say or do, no matter how you feel, things get taken out of context. This guy’s had a phenomenal career, he’s beat everybody we put in front of him, he’s been the best fighter in the world. He’s been world champion ever since 1998 when he defeated Hernandez in a wonderful, wonderful fight, he’s gone on to beat a number of world champions, and he still tends to this day to get criticized for his work inside the ring, which is mind-boggling. In my eyes he will go down as the best ever to do it, and no matter what anyone says he can only fight and beat the fighters in his era…all this hating and criticism about this and that, you guys need to stop! Just cut it out…the reason that boxing hasn’t crossed over into a mainstream sport as a whole is because we’re too hard, we’re always trying to find ways to denigrate, to down and criticize people’s accomplishments and a lot of times it’s done by people who’ve never boxed before and don’t know what it means to be in his shoes.
Floyd Mayweather: “I’ve had a remarkable training camp…truly unbelievable…it’s all about blood, sweat and tears and that’s what the fans will see Saturday night…the first fight was very interesting. Hopefully this one is even more exciting. He deserves the rematch. A true champion never backs down so I accepted the rematch.”
Marcos Maidana: I’m ready to make history.
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