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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF #7 super featherweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (36-2, 20 KOs) chopped down Geoffrey Munika (21-16-2, 12 KOs) of Kenya in ten rounds at Chumphon Buri, Surin, Thailand in a nationally televised scheduled twelve round bout on Friday. Munika boxed skillfully in round one to avoid the heavy handed punches of Sakkreerin by continually moving around the ring and keeping his left jab working but in round three the classy Thai found the range for a right hand power shot to the jaw that dropped the importation for a count of eight. Sakkreerin continued the assault and controlled the fight in all the following rounds but Munika proved to a courageous opponent. For more details and photos click here…
Word out of Brazil today is that Acelino “Popo” Freitas could come out of retirement later this year to fight Michael Oliveira in Brazil. He has reportedly verbally agreed in principal, TV Globo has agreed to broadcast, and details are to be negotiated so there’s no signed contract as of yet. Freitas supposedly said, “give me four months to train and I’ll show this kid what boxing is all about.” Team Oliveira believes with 4 months of training with new head coach Orlando Cueller (Glen Johnson’s trainer), Oliveira would be ready. The 36-year-old Freitas hasn’t fought in 4 1/2 years and the highest weight he’s fought at is 139. The weight will probably be a catch at whatever both agree to but probably in the 150s.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“I can promise you right now, I will not hold back. If you want to fight, I will be there to fight. It’s a promise,” said WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitchko (42-2, 39 KOs) seated across from his September 10 rival, former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs). Both fighters arrived at HBO headquarters in Manhattan for their only US appearance at special press conference and both promised that they will not just speak about a great fight – they will deliver. (more…)
Six-time world champion in five weight divisions Floyd “Money” Mayweather is inviting British boxing fans to one of his daily workouts at his Las Vegas gym as he prepares for his September 17 mega-fight against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz. Mayweather, who will be joined by trainer Roger Mayweather, is eager to show his appreciation to his U.K. fan base by opening camp to the British invasion that will descend upon Las Vegas for the Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah fight taking place this weekend and for those Brits who reside in the Las Vegas area.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy this opportunity to see Mayweather train on Thursday (July 21) at 3PM at the Mayweather Boxing Gym located at 4020 Schiff Dr. (In Chinatown just off corner of Spring Mountain Road and S. Wynn Drive).
Photo and report by Brett Bonetti
Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (36-3, 24 KOs) knows his fight against South Africa’s Virgil Kalakoda (25-6-2, 16 KOs) this Saturday night at the WA Italian Club in Perth Australia is “Do or Die”. Dawson will fight for the Pan Asian Boxing Association interim Light Middleweight title against Kalakoda. Kalakoda is a former IBC World Champion, hungry for the challenge to beat Dawson and move into world title contention. (more…)
Report and Photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez announced today at “Tuesday of coffee with Sulaiman” that he is ready to fight September 15 in Las Vegas against one of the best in his division such as Yuriorkis Gamboa, Daniel Ponce de Leon or Roiner Caballero. “I found Helio Rojas in Atlantic City and he challenged me, of course I accepted whenever he wants” Jhonny said.
Also on hand was WBC #4 lightweight Daniel “El Tremendo” Estrada, who proclaimed his injured right hand is rehabilitated and he’s looking for an opportunity for the title vacated by Humberto Soto. WBC President Jose Sulaiman informed him that Tony DeMarco from Mexico and Jorge Linares from Venezuela will fight for the vacant crown while Daniel has to go to an elimination bout with another ranked contender and wait for an opportunity next year.
Chicagoland promoter Bobby Hitz announced that he has a co-promotional deal (along with Square Ring Promotions) with Chicago’s own former world heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (32-7, 21 KOs). “There’s no question Fres is still an elite heavyweight,” asserted Hitz. “He’s had some bad luck fighting in other people’s hometowns, so Square Ring Promotions and Hitz Boxing are going to resurrect his fortunes and get him back on track for another title shot.”
Hitz also announced that he has signed promotional agreements with the Brothers Amidu, Yakubu (19-2-1, 17 KOs) and Abdullai (19-0, 17 KOs) and lightweight Chris Singleton (2-0, 2 KOs).
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport announced that Paul McCloskey will face Breidis Prescott in an official eliminator for the WBA Light-Welterweight title at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 10. It marks a return to action for McCloskey after his World title challenge against Amir Khan in Manchester on April 16. The Khan loss is the sole blemish on McCloskey’s 23 fight record and the 31 year-old gets the perfect opponent to avenge that defeat – the only man to beat Khan, Breidis Prescott. “We’re going for the man that Amir couldn’t beat,” said McCloskey. “I could’ve gone for an easier fight but I don’t feel like a beaten fighter so why should I go for anything but the best.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the Orlando Salido’s first Featherweight title defense this Saturday, July 23, at the Centro de Usos Multiples at Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Salido (35-11-2, 23 KOs), who won his belt last April 16 when he beat former champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez by an eight round TKO in Puerto Rico, will defend his WBO 126lb title against Japanese Kenichi Yamaguchi (17-1-2, 4 KOs). The referee for this bout will be Roberto Ramirez Jr., from Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the judges are Victor Salomon, from Mexico, William Lerch, from USA, and Hernando Steidel, from Puerto Rico. The WBO supervisor will be Rafael Lopez Santos.
Photos by Chris Cozzone: Amir “King” Khan and Zab “Super” Judah made their arrivals at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for Saturday’s HBO-televised showdown. For more photos: (more…)
Italian/Spaniard Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (17-0, 17 KOs) won the vacant European Union lightweight title last Saturday at the Horse Country Resort in Arborea, Sardegna, Italy when Spaniard Ruddy Encarnacion retired on his stool at the end of round five.
Former World and European middleweight title challenger Domenico Spada (33-4, 17 KOs) won by TKO in round 4 against Lithuanian Kirilas Psonko.
Super middleweight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (20-1, 11 KOs) destroyed in two rounds Latvian Pavels Lotahs.
In a shocker of the night, Luciano Abis (31-2-1, 14 KOs) lost by TKO in round one against Latvian Semjons Moroseks (10-18-1, 3 KOs).
OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with SPORTITALIA televising it live in Italy.
Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) and Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) will clash for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Germany on August 27. In the co-featured main event, WBA & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius will collide with Siarhei Liakhovich. “It is going to be a fantastic night of heavyweight boxing,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “This will be a great treat for boxing fans all around the world.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Argentina Justice Department has given special permission to former world champion Rodrigo “La Hiena” Barrios to travel to Las Vegas to compete a boxing match. Permission was granted by a court for Barrios leave the country between August 25 and September 19. Sources indicate that there is officially no fight scheduled Barrios at this time. Barrios is facing up to five years in prison on a manslaughter charge after causing a traffic accident which claimed the life of a young pregnant woman. Barrios had been barred from leaving the country.
By Jose Sulaiman/WBC President
I traveled To Culiacan, Mexico, to attend a party organized by J.C. Chávez Junior and the family, in honor of his father on occasion of his 49th birthday; it was a special time when the love, idolatry and admiration for this great boxer flowed all over the place. Just as great as he was in the ring, he has become a winner in life and an example for the youth of the world as, after falling in the depth of the cancer of modern society, he entered a rehab program more than a year ago to become also a champion in life, which is to me the brightest victory of his life.
After returning home, I watched on TV a film named TYSON, one other extraordinary champion with who I was so close during his career; it deeply caught my concentration and followed most of the script as it practically were facts and times that I witnessed and was somehow a part of it. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio has a message for current WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “Even if you hide and run, you will not escape me. Try to remember that I am the mandatory challenger and if you don’t want to fight me it’s because you are afraid,” said Rubio. “I won the final eliminator and that’s why you can’t escape. It’s only a matter of time before your time comes, I swear Julio.”
Oswaldo Kuchle, Rubio’s promoter added “As mandatory challenger, Rubio hopes to go against Chavez, but Chavez is now doing everything possible to avoid it, moving air, land and sea to evade him.” Promociones del Pueblo may next put Rubio in with Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr., Carlos Baldomir or Lovemore N’dou in the coming months.
Photos and weights by Brett Bonetti at the scale
Danny Green 199.7 vs Antonio Tarver 196.7
Noufel Ben Rabah 145.5 vs Isaac Hlastwago 146.2
Shane Cameron 198.2 vs Dominic Vea 189.4
Sam Ah See 151.2 vs John Akoula 151.5
Kerry Foley 184.7 vs Robert Berridge TBC
Michael O’Donnell 214.1 vs Peter Cronje 189.4
Promoter: Green Machine Boxing more photos
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photo: Rene Perez/Canelo Promotions
The two time former world champion Oscar “Chololo” Larios, began training professional boxers Monday at the “Julian Magdaleno” Gym in Guadalajara, Mexico. Larios, who worked with undefeated Janeth “Cuisillos” Perez last weekend in Mazatlan, joined the team of Canelo Promotions which is headed by Chepo and Edison Reynoso. “I am very happy to return to the gym where I trained as a fighter,” said Larios, who reigned in the super bantamweight and featherweight divisions and compiled a record of 63-7-1 with 39 KOs. During his career, Larios fought the best of his time including Willie Jorrin, Israel Vazquez, Wayne McCullough, Takahiro Ao, Manny Pacquiao and Jorge Linares among others.
By Brett Bonetti
Photo: Brett Bonetti
Shane “The Mountain Warrior” Cameron (26-2, 20 KO’s) will face Dominic “The Dominator” Vea (13-2, 10 KO’s) on the undercard of the Danny Green vs Antonio Tarver IBO World Cruiserweight Title fight this Wednesday July 20 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Australia. Cameron and Vea were welcomed during the Danny Green & Antonio Tarver final press conference. What Cameron and Vea have in common is that they both want to fight Danny Green for his IBO World Cruiserweight Title. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Photo: Team Dib
Australian featherweight Billy Dib (31-1, 19KOs) challenges Mexican Jorge Lacierva (39-7-6, 26KOs) for the vacant IBF Featherweight title at the Olympic Park Sports Centre in Sydney on the 29th July and this week completes his sparring on the Gold Coast, Queensland with some of Australia’s brightest boxing talents. He has completed 126 rounds of sparring with fighters such as WBO#3 ranked super-featherweight Will Tomlinson, WBO#6 ranked 126 pounder Joel Brunker and top super-featherweight prospect Paul Fleming who is unbeaten with a record of 10-0. The 25 year old Dib told Fightnews he is on course to deliver the IBF 126 pound title to his Australian country. (more…)
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Jr middleweight Gabriel Rosado is being held in Alantic City on four charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer, for an incident that took place in Bally’s Atlantic City Casino on Friday night, just hours after he defeated Ayi Bruce in the ring. Police say Rosado punched an officer in the face, while Rosado has maintained his innocence. He is being held on $200,000 bail.
Amir Khan and Zab Judah will make their “Grand Arrivals” on Tuesday morning at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Main Entrance. Judah will arrive at 11AM and Khan will get there at 11:30AM. A fan autograph session will take place starting at 11AM in the Main Lobby.
Today Antonio Tarver and Danny Green had their final press conference at the site of the fight, the Sydney Entertainment Center. Both fighters were very respectful to each other, but also very confident about victory. (more…)
Canada-based Romanian top-contender Ionut Dan Ion (28-1, 15 KOs), AKA Jo Jo Dan, will fight Floyd Trumpet (16-8-2, 9 KOs) for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ Inter-Continental Welterweight title on July 29 at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. This has been confirmed by Floyd Trumpet Fight Productions, and Gancor Promotions on behalf of Dan, after Emilio Julio Julio from Columbia pulled out of the fight. The show, which also featured two female world title bouts, will be promoted in cooperation with Unified Boxing Promotions.
The firm Orobio & Orobio Attorneys at Law in representation of Dr. Roberto Grimaldo announced the legal moves against the lawsuit by WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno. Lawyer Victor Orobio showed the media the documents which he says proves that Moreno is the one who has been violating his contract by attempting to negotiate with Golden Boy Promotions through some other matchmakers but Grimaldo is Moreno’s one and only manager.
2004 United States Olympian, and professional heavyweight, Jason “Big Six” Estrada has been given a clean bill of health to begin full training following surgery to remove five bone chips from his elbow. Estrada, a promotional free agent, is hoping to get right back in the ring and erase the memories of his last bout, a tenth round TKO loss to Franklin Lawrence. (more…)
Unbeaten Flyweight prospect Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez will fight for the fourth time since his pro debut last April, when he headlines with Juan Mercedes and Luis Joel Gonzalez the 5th edition of the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on August 5 in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation in association with Top Rank to be televised on WAPA America.
“Bomba” Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KOs), a Gold Medalist in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games and in the 2008 Youth World Championships, will face a foe to be announced in the flyweight division, in one of the TV bouts. (more…)
The stakes couldn’t be higher, the drama more intense. On Saturday, Oct. 29, two confident reigning world champions–one from America, the other from Europe–will collide in the eagerly awaited Super Six World Boxing Classic Final, a World Championship Unification, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
When the Super Six began, neither undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., nor his World Boxing Council (WBC) counterpart, Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, were among the favorites.
But through career-defining fights and remarkable drama both in and out of the ring, Ward and Froch have persevered and emerged as prominent members of boxing’s exclusive Pound-for-Pound list and are now poised for global stardom. (more…)
After a big weekend of cruiserweight boxing in Germany, the newly crowned IBF international and PABA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (who scored a fifth round tko victory over Lubos Suda on Friday) called out WBO world champion Marco Huck (who stopped Hugo Hernan Garay in the tenth on Saturday). “I want to fight for a world title again”, said former WBA champ Arslan after his fight. “I don’t care which title or against whom. I will fight anybody as long as I get my hands on a belt. I know that I am already 40 years old but Bernard Hopkins just won in impressive fashion at age 46. So I still got some good years ahead of me. I still feel young and powerful and with my whole team and all the people supporting me I am sure that I can be world champion again.” (more…)
Undefeateds Filipino Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta ( (22-0-1, 12 KOs) and Jose Benavidez Jr. (12-0, 11 KOs) will headline “Battle at Bluewater 2″, a card presented by Showdown Promotions, in association with Top Rank Inc., and televised nationally by Fox Sports, on Sept. 17 in Parker, Ariz. Undefeated Tijuana sensation Hanzel “El Tornadito de Tijuana” Martinez (12-0, 10 KOs) and Phoenix prospect Juanito Gonzalez (2-0, 1 KO) will fight on the undercard. Opponents for Gesta and Benavidez will be announced as they are secured.
Let me know if you’ve heard this one before – hot welterweight prospect meets seasoned vet in a bout that may introduce the prospect to the ranks of contenders if he wins. But winning is a big “if” against this particular veteran. Yes folks, at UFC 133 in Philadelphia on August 6th, Mike Pyle will revisit the role of spoiler like he did against then-unbeaten John Hathaway last year. This time, the youngster he’ll be trying to pull off his wily tricks against is Canadian phenom Rory MacDonald, and this one has the makings of yet another intriguing battle on the upcoming Pay-Per-View event . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Face II Face Events will hold their second card this Friday, July 22, at the Madison Event Center in Phoenix. An all-local card has been nearly completed with super bantamweight Alexis “Beaver” Santiago (8-1-1, 2 KOs) going six in the main event, opponent to be announced. In the co-main, Emilio “Milo Time” Garcia (2-1, 1 KO) will go four with unwon New Mexican Miguel “Monkey” Armendarez (0-5, 1 KO). The undercard features all four-rounders: At 140, Victor Castro (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Michael Salcido (0-1); Javier Loya (5-0, 4 KOs) takes on unwon New Mexican Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-9) at 140; Jr. middleweight Juan Gonzalez (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Omar Quevedo (0-1); super bantamweight Fernando Samaniego Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Michael Montalbo (debut); lightweight Arlo Argueta (3-0, 1 KO) takes on Jose Marrufo (0-1); and middleweight Ramon Valenzuela (4-0, 1 KO) fights Torrence King (1-8, 2 KOs), who’s dropped eight straight bouts. (more…)
Former world title challenger Cesar Seda, Jr. (20-1, 15 KOs) will face 2004 Olympic gold medalist Yan Barthelemy (12-2, 4 KOs) on August 19 at the Auditorio Juan “Pachin” Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be at a catch weight of 117 pounds. “It’s good to be able to confirm this fight,”said Seda. “Barthelemy is a great fighter, very experienced, who always gives everything in the ring. I know it’ll be a great fight!” Javier Bustillo, President of Universal Promotions, added “This is a great fight and another opportunity for Seda to show the world his quality.” Tickets can be purchased from Sears, La Gran Discoteca and Ticketcenter.
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