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Unbeaten heavyweight Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (15-0-1, 11 KOs) is thrilled with the opportunity to take on former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek in a voluntary eliminator fight for the IBF #2 position. “I have already been training hard. I had a very good camp boxing with Klitschko, as I helped him prepare for his fight with Povetkin,” stated Glazkov, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist from Ukraine who has has previously stopped Tor Hamer and fought to a controversial draw with Malik Scott in nationally televised fights.
“Now I will come to the United States to continue my training,” Glazkov continued. “Adamek is a very good fighter with a big name. He is big and strong and comes forward during the fight, this is good for me. I think I can win this fight. It will help put my name on the list of the best heavyweight fighters.”
The fight takes place November 16th at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.
Texas super welterweight titleholder Hector “El Diamante” Vazquez (10-1, 2 KOs) will face a new challenger who comes to Standing 8 Promotion’s Bud Light Pro Fight 5 on October 19 at Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington, Texas. After original foe Salvador Amir Roa got injured while training, the Texas Boxing Commission wouldn’t allow Roa to fight, so Vazquez will now be facing Cory Yett (4-4-1, 2 KOs) from Austin, Texas. Yett and Vazquez already fought in 2011, with Vazquez winning by unanimous decision.
Heavyweight Shawn “The Savage” Jordan (15-4) is on a two-fight KO streak heading into his showdown against submission expert Gabriel Gonzaga (15-7) on Oct. 19 at UFC 166. Jordan, a powerful 260-pounder and former Louisiana State University fullback, has accepted that the pressure to perform is there—but he’s not allowing it to dominate him . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, October 19, in the title bouts between Mike Alvarado versus Ruslan Provodnikov and Robert Stieglitz against Isaac Ekpo, to be held in United States and Germany, respectively.
At the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Denver, Colorado, Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs), will defend for the first time his WBO junior welterweight belt against the #1 ranked Ruslan Provodvikov (22-2, 15 KOs), from Russia. The referee for this clash will be Tony Weeks (USA). The judges will be Denny Nelson, Robert Hoyle and Levi Martínez (all USA). The WBO supervisor for this bout will be John Duggan.
While, at the EINS Exhibition Hall in Leipzig, Germany, the WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (45-3, 26 KOs) will make his second defense when he faces the #7 ranked Issac Ekpo (22-1, 16 KOs), from Nigeria. The referee for this bout will be Edward Cotton (USA). The judges will be Waleska Roldan(USA), Andre Van Grootenbruel (Belgium), and Frank Michael Maass (Germany). The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Markus Aslani.
Iron Mike Productions (IMP) is bringing big-time boxing back to Florida, presenting opening-round action in the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) World Cup of Boxing, on Friday night, November 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Former two-divisional world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs) has moved up to fight as a welterweight in the WBC World Cup of Boxing. The Dominican Republic native, who was world champion as a super featherweight and super bantamweight, takes on undefeated WBC CABOFE champion Simeon “Candyman” Hardy (10-0, 7 KOs) in the 10-round World Cup main event.
In the other World Cup fight, Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (14-1, 11 KOs) faces WBC Unites States (USNBC) featherweight champion Romulo Koasicha (20-3, 12 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature. Marrero, also from the Dominican Republic, is coming off his lone loss as a professional this past August, by way of a 12-round decision to Jesus Cuellar for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim featherweight title. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Christopher Buthelezi retained his South African middleweight title when he outpointed mandatory challenger Makhosonke Zwengu over 12 rounds at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre over the past weekend.
The 31-year-old Buthelezi from Durban who was making the second defence of his title was having his first fight since September 2011.
In a fight that never rose to any heights the champion and Zwengu, 26, from Uitenhage mauled and pushed their way through twelve untidy rounds with the ring rusty Buthelezi doing enough to take the decision.
Buthelezi took his record to 21-12-3; 9 and Zwengu who is sometimes referred as Makhosandile Zwengu saw his reported record drop to 5-8; 2.
In the best fight of the day former South African junior welterweight champion Sikhulule Sidzumo fighting at middleweight fought to an eight round draw with Giovanni Bushby.
The southpaw Sidzumo improves his record to 18-6-5; 12 and Busby’s reported record goes to 4-2-1; 3.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Olympic gold medalist in the middleweight class in London, Japan’s Ryota Murata (1-0, 1 KO) will participate in his second pro bout against Dave Peterson (13-1, 8 KOs), a southpaw from Minnesota, in an eight-round bout in Tokyo on December 6. It was publicly announced in Tokyo today (Tuesday). Hard-punching Murata impressively decked his debut by demolishing current OPBF 160-pound champ Akio Shibata in two quick rounds this August to be newly ranked atop in the OPBF and Japanese middleweight categories.
Supporting is a WBC flyweight mandatory title bout where defending champ Akira Yaegashi, two-time world champ of Japan, will cope with official challenger and ex-WBC 108-pound titlist Edgar Sosa, a Mexican veteran, in twelve frames. (more…)
As super middleweight champion Andre Ward prepares for his return to the ring following a 14-month layoff, his opponent, undefeated contender Edwin Rodriguez, has been training across the country to maximize his opportunity.
Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) was training in California, is currently preparing in Houston, Texas and will then return to the west coast for his fight with Ward on November 16th.
For Rodriguez, who is coming off a July win in Monaco, his cross-country preparations are just part of the deal he made with himself to score what would undoubtedly be the upset of the year. (more…)
San Diego super bantamweight Christopher Martin is getting a bid antsy. After a short run as an amateur, the “S.D. Kid” went pro at 20 and in the last seven years, has amassed a 27-2-3, 9 KOs, record as well as one point being ranked in the top 15 of the four major organizations. After easily defeating the then highly touted Chris Avalos, back in 2010 on Showtime, Martin had a short run with Top Rank before finally settling down with southern California’s Thompson Boxing. Since then, Martin has gone 4-0 with 2 stoppages against less than stellar opposition, a fact that has him a little anxious to go up the opponent ladder.
“Definitely, I’m going to ask for something higher up,” the married father of two boys said earlier this week in San Diego. “I’m not saying I’m the best or the greatest but I feel that I am taking a step back. I am happy that my promoter is keeping me busy but I want to get my name out there again.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Monday, back in Mexico City, four-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez commented on his split decision loss to WBO welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas last Saturday. “The search for that fifth title was the story line for Mexico and for all Latinos,” stated Marquez. “I did enough to win but I get satisfaction from the support of the people, many of whom saw me winning. I have many alternatives to continue inside and outside boxing but I want to sit down with my family and make a final decision.” Marquez made it clear that he’s still not interested in a fifth bout with Manny Pacquiao. Meanwwhile Marquez’ promoter Fernando Beltran stated he’s investigating a possibility of a Marquez-Bradley rematch in Mexico City Arena.
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (45-3, 26 KOs) is ready to defend his title against WBO #7 Isaac Ekpo (22-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the EINS Exhibition Hall in Leipzig, Germany.
Below are quotes from Monday’s press conference:
Robert Stieglitz: “I am extremely motivated. I must cap off the honors and the two victories of this year in Leipzig. Being number one and leading the success of the entire SES team makes us all very proud. I was very well prepared in recent fights. But now I have once again stepped up my game. Isaac Ekpo is physically very strong. He will want to use his first world title chance. He is boxing not only for himself but for all of Nigeria. Isaac will give everything. But I am well known for the fact that I can deal with lions!”
Isaac Ekpo: “I want to use my first shot at a world title. I am very happy about it. When Robert Stieglitz enters the ring with a lion, he’ll have a hard time winning. There can be only one: him or me! God will help me and he’s watching over me. I believe in God’s help. Before, I was goalkeeper in soccer. But boxing is a man-against-man situation. This is much more attractive and clear for me. Therefore, I prefer boxing. ”
Ulf Steinforth: “We’ve always had an eye on Leipzig. I always wanted to host an event with championship fights here. We are particularly pleased about October 19th. About 4,500 tickets have already been sold. This makes us optimistic that we can announce in the coming days, we’re sold out.” photos
James DeGale MBE will face ‘Dangerous’ Dyah Davis (22-3-1, 10 KOs) on November 16th at Glow, Bluewater. The WBC Silver super middleweight champion, DeGale, aims to give “a great performance” and prove he is “ready” for the best when he defends his title against the tough American. “I see Davis as a really good test and I want to get in there and stick on a great performance for all the fans and do a good job on him,” DeGale said. “I’m going to go in there full of confidence, I’m going to be super fit and I’m basically going to go in there and try and get him out of there.”
Davis, son of 1976 Olympian Howard Davis Jr., is a former NABF super middleweight champion and in 2012 faced the current WBC world super middleweight champion Sakio Bika for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title. “I’m very excited to be facing DeGale,” Davis said. “I know what I’m up against going into his backyard, I’ve been in this position before and I’m going to do everything I can to come out victorious. I did it before against Marcus Johnson, where I was the underdog and going into the fight as the sacrificial lamb against an undefeated fighter and I caused the upset. I’m looking to do that again this time out and I’m looking at going home with everything that this man contains right now; including his championship belt and all his positions in the world rankings and sanctioning bodies.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
“We all know that to see full GGG abilities, we have to put him in front of better and better fighters. I think that Stevens is a very dangerous fighter with a big punch and the best opponent willing to get in the ring with Gennady for this fight in MSG. But I also believe that it will be easier fight for Gennady than Macklin fight in June,” said trainer Abel Sanchez in a Fightnews.com interview. The always outspoken trainer of WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) is also not convinced that challenger Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KO) will stick to his “let’s knock him out” plan.
“He can’t,” says Sanchez. A couple of body punches, he feels Golovkin power and it will be holding and grabbing and running tactics. This is how I see this fight: Stevens running from Golovkin!”
Most of the fighters, if not all of them, are talking about outsmarting Gennady Golovkin. No one wants to just stand in front of him and trade punches. Curtis Stevens’ plan looks different…
Abel Sanchez: …and you believe him? (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
New Zealand heavyweight sensation Joseph Parker (7-0, 6 KOs) has been released from hospital after plastic surgery to his eye. Parker captured the New Zealand crown last Thursday with a brutal TKO over Afa Tatupu, and his best win is a TKO in two rounds over Frans Botha. He is trained and managed by Kevin Barry.
Promoter Dean Lonergan recently made Australian-based heavyweight Sonny Bill Williams a $1 million winner-take-all to fight Parker. The camp of Williams, who had also defeated Frans Botha in a controversial contest, rejected the offer. Parker is now looking at a March return against South American heavyweight champion George Arias. Photos…
The scrappy 29-year-old is one of the fight game’s most rambunctious figures, as his hyper-drive personality outside of the cage equals his kinetic energy inside. A paradox of good will and bad intentions; he flashes his larger than life smile just before the action begins, but as soon as the referee steps aside, he’s throwing thunder in an effort to put the opposition on their back . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
WBC female 105-pound champ Naoko Fujioka lately renounced her belt in order to move up to the 115-pound category and have an ambitious shot at the WBA super-fly belt against compatriot Naoko Yamaguchi here in Tokyo, Japan, on November 13. The vacant WBC throne will be disputed by Japan’s Mari Ando and Mexican Jasseth Noriega in Osaka, Japan, on December 14.
WBA female 102-pound champ Ayaka Miyao will make a mandatory defense against top contender Gretchen Abaniel of the Philippines in Tokyo on November 28.
Although the female boxing is still less popular here, we may watch a hot surge in the end of this year.
Teiken Promotions has announced that Roman Gonzalez, WBA light-fly super champ of Nicaragua, will face Mexican hard-puncher Oscar Blanquet, and ex-WBC 130-pound ruler Takahiro Ao will cope with WBC#30 super-feather Alan Herrera beneath a world title twinbill featuring WBC bantam kingpin Shinsuke Yamanaka and two-time world ruler Jorge Linares in Tokyo on November 10, when it is not so cold that Blanquet need not bring his own blanket from Mexico.
WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda announced he will defend his belt against Korean veteran Jungoh Son in Cheju, Korea, on November 19. We just wonder why Kameda will go and fight in Korea.
Unbeaten WBA 130-pound champ Takashi Uchiyama will make his eighth defense against a challenger to be designated on the last day of this year. Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) seems to make a rule to defend his belt on December 31 as in the last two years. It should have been very customary to clean up our homes to welcome the New Year day, but we now have an exception only in fight scribes who will have to go to the arena to cover world title bouts. WBA light-fly champ Kazuto Ioka and WBA minimum ruler Ryo Miyazaki are said to participate in world title goes in Osaka on the same year-end day. The former will be shown by TV Tokyo, while the latter by TBS television.
Video: Boxing Bob Newman
In a touching moment during the 92nd annual WBA convention in Lima, Peru, former WBA lightweight champion, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini presents an authentic belt around the waits of his former Peruvian foe, Orlando Romero. Last month, September 15th marked the thirtieth anniversary of the epic battle waged between the two lightweights at Madison Square Garden. This is the first time the two warriors have sen each other since that night, and nothing but respect and admiration filled the air.
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese feather champ Hisashi Amagasa (25-4-2, 16 KOs), 125.75, managed to capture the OPBF belt as he was awarded a close but well-received unanimous decision over defending titlist and ex-WBA 122-pound ruler Yul-Li Lee (AKA Retsuri Lee; 20-4-2, 10 KOs), 126, over twelve sizzling rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Amagasa, a lanky and taller boxer, took the initiative from the outset, scoring interim tallies after the fourth session on the open scoring system: 40-36 twice and 39-37. But Lee fought back hard to have it after the eighth: 77-75 twice for Amagasa and 76-76. Each traded hot rallies to seize a victory, but Amagasa controlled the give-and-take battle down the stretch to gain his second belt.
The first title bout was witnessed with the OPBF super-bantam champ, WBA#7/WBC#9 Shingo Wake (16-4-2, 8 KOs), 122, halting OPBF top contender and Philippine national ruler Jhunriel Ramonal (13-7-4, 7 KOs), 122, at 2:12 of the third session in a scheduled twelve. Wake, a fast-punching and quick-moving southpaw, opened bad gashes with his swift shots in the opening session. Ramonal’s lacerations became so much worsened with his absorption of Wake’s follow-up combinations that the ringside physician advised the third man to call a halt to the gory affair.
Promoter: Reason Promotions.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Peter Politanoff
Sugar Shane Mosley says that Anthony Mundine is unknown to fight fans in the USA because he does not have punching power or a killer instinct. Mosley also rates Vernon Forrest as the best puncher he has boxed and that Mundine’s size will not be a factor when they fight at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on October 23, pointing out that Ricardo Mayorga and Fernando Vargas weighed in as light heavyweights on fight night when he defeated them.
“No. He’s not even on the radar in the USA,” Mosley said. “I fought Sergio Mora and we got a draw and a lot of people don’t even recognize Sergio Mora and he’s good, he can fight. I brought him out here for sparring because I know he can fight. But (Mundine) gets no play. It’s because he don’t have the punching power, the will or that killer instinct, that’s what people like to see. When I come to fight, people know that it might be a knockout. It might be in the last round or the first round.” (more…)
Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The 92nd WBA annual convention kicked off this morning in Lima, Peru at Los Delfines (The Dolphins) Hotel & Casino. After a hasty reorganization of the Neptune Room, executive Vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza addressed the assembly. Mendoza quickly reviewed the agenda for this convention, then followed with a review of the minutes from the 91st convention in Jakarta, Indonesia. Minutes were then reviewed from the directory meeting in Playa Bonita, Panama, held this past August, 2013.
A “pop quiz” was given to test the delegates’ knowledge of WBA history as far as title fights go. The top two scores went to yours truly and referee Luis Pabón.
The new design of the WBA website was then unveiled. Several new features include an event calendar, rankings, master scorecards from WBA title fights, a video gallery and integration of social network commentary. The new site will launch this week during the convention. (more…)
Award-winning New York Post sports columnist and author, George Willis, will be a special guest speaker at Tuesday’s (Oct. 15 starting at 7 p.m. / ET) 7 p.m. ET) Ring 8 monthly meeting at historic Waterfront Crabhouse, in Long Island City, New York.
Willis is one of the most highly-respected boxing writers in the industry. He is also a former journalist with the New York Times, Newsday and the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee. (more…)
ESPN’s “No Mas: Leonard vs. Duran” documentar will debut on ESPN Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8 PM ET.
Victor Ortiz will face Carlos Molina on the stacked Dec. 14 Golden Boy card in Las Vegas. More
Dereck Chisora is talking “Klitschko” after a European title defense against Arnold Gjergjaj. More
Does Anthony Joshua have what it takes to be the next big boxing star? More
Austin Trout has landed today in Houston, Texas to begin training for his fight against Erislandy Lara. Trout vs. Lara will on be the undercard of the Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight on December 7th in Brooklyn, NY. Austin is looking to get back on the winning track after losing a decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez earlier this year in San Antonio, Texas. Trout is originally from El Paso, Texas, but now resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Blake Caparello (17-0-1, 6 KOs) will challenge Allan Green (32-4, 22 KOs) for the vacant IBO light heavyweight title at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Thursday. Officials who have been appointed to work the IBO title bout are referee Phil Austin (Australia), judges Dave Moretti (USA), Danrex Tapdasan (Philippines) and Adam Height (Australia). IBO Supervisor is Frank Hadley (Australia).
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Unbeaten super weltereight Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (22-0, 11 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (17-3-1, 2 KOs) on Monday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. After nine mostly tactical rounds Charlo finally forced the ref to give Rodriguez a standing eight count in round ten and the bout was waved off during Charlo’s follow up barrage.
Puerto Rican lightweight Jeffrey Fontanez (13-0, 10 KOs) dropped Mexican Gerardo Zayas (20-22-2, 12 KOs) with a bruising left hook to the body at 1:09 of the fourth round in their scheduled six-round swing bout from the BB&T Center in Sunrise FL. Zayas managed to drop Fontanez in the third but the Puerto Rican came back with a vengeance, repeatedly landing to Zayas’ midsection to earn the KO win. (more…)
Boxing’s popular new fight series Golden Boy Live! is back at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. on Tuesday, November 26 with a card featuring the return of former world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) facing West Virginia veteran Mike Sheppard (21-15-1, 9 KOs) in the 10 round heavyweight main event which will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Also, featured on the card will be the Golden Boy Promotions debut of undefeated Cuban heavyweight star Luis “El Mercedez” Ortiz (19-0, 16 KOs) against a fighter to be announced in the co-featured fight that will get Florida fight fans up and cheering from bell to bell.
“I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring and showing the world that the ‘Magic Man’ is better than ever and ready for the big fights,” said Tarver. “This is the perfect opportunity to make a statement at home and I can’t wait.”
“Beating someone like Antonio Tarver would be career-altering for me,” said Sheppard. “I know what he’s accomplished in the sport, but I’m hungry for this and you’re going to see the best Mike Sheppard yet.” (more…)
By Ingo Rohrbach & Steffen Soltau
Robert Stieglitz (45-3, 26 KOs), reigning and defending WBO super middleweight champion of the world, will defend his title Saturday October 19th against WBO #7 ranked Nigerian contender Issac Ekpo (22-1, 16 KOs) in Leipzig, Germany. The super middleweight championship fight will be shown live in Germany on TV SAT.1.
The first-ever live professional boxing event scheduled for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, is being postponed. Event promoter Lion Heart Boxing Productions forced to reschedule the October 17 event due to unavoidable circumstances beyond its control. Says, CFO Edward Mendy, “Though we had several other issues, we had no choice but to postpone the show as four African fighters on the card did not get visas. The UAE has one of the easiest visa application processes in the world. Typically, a visa takes two days unless complicated by the applicant’s CID investigation. Thus, we did not worry about the visas, did not apply for visas sufficiently early and were blindsided by Eid. All government offices in the UAE are closed October 10 through October 20 for Eid. The visa issue cost us both main events. The opponent for Williams (Mazur Ali) is from Egypt and while the opponent for Ouali (Ebenezer Lamptey) is from Ghana. Additionally, we lost two other fights (the Braxton and Mesquita fights). Thus, We decided to reschedule rather than put on a subpar show with only local fighters since we had major television with ESPN3, Abu Dhabi Sports and several other TV channels contracted to air the fights.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBO jr welterweight world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) and #1 contender Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs) just hosted an international media conference call to discuss their HBO-televised showdown on Saturday night in Denver.
Mike Alvarado: “This fight has ‘war’ written all over it…there’s a chance this fight could turn into that. I have a good game plan. I know I’m going to box the way I need to to win this fight, but you never know. This fight could always turn into a crazy war.”
Ruslan Provodnikov: “I am ready for anything. I can also box. I don’t think anybody can run from me and I don’t think he will box as well as he thinks.”
Bob Arum: There’s not much I can say as a promoter. I don’t have to sell this fight. Anyone that knows anything about boxing knows that going in this fight is going to be a candidate for fight of the year. Two great warriors, two guys that entertain the public, you don’t need a sales pitch for this one.
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Gary Purfield
The 6th Annual Briscoe Awards acknowledged the best of the 2012 Philly fight scene on Sunday afternoon at the VBA Club in Philadelphia. Fans, current boxers, former local legends, and other boxing people came out in droves to celebrate the top accomplishments by amateur and professional boxers of the Philly area. The event was presented by PhillyBoxingHistory.com.
Top honors went to junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, who was named the “Philly Fighter of the Year” for the second year in a row. On Sunday, Garcia was en route to Lima, Peru for the WBA Convention, and was not in attendance. DSG Gym trainer Jose Figueroa accepted the award for Garcia.
Bryant Jennings and Maurice Byarm took home Briscoe Awards for their “2012 Philly Fight of the Year”, a 10-round heavyweight battle at the Asylum Arena on January 21, 2012. Jennings took a close decision and the PA State Heavyweight Championship in the hotly contested bout. (more…)
Featherweight Gary Russell, Jr. (23-0, 13 KOs) has been designated as the mandatory challenger for the WBO featherweight title and he looks forward to challenging the WBO champion for the title belt within the next 180 days. “On October 9th, my team received written confirmation from the WBO that I am the mandatory challenger for their featherweight world title,” Russell said. “I’m ready for my first world title fight and cannot wait for the fight to get made.”
Russell, who owns two unanimous decision victories in 2013, has been ranked second in the WBO’s featherweight rankings since March. The 2008 Olympian recorded his first victory of the year in early March in a one-handed win over Vyacheslav Gusev. His second victory came in August with a 10-round win over Juan Ruiz. Russell looks forward to stepping up his level of opposition in his first title fight.
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price has officially hooked up with London-based trainer Adam Booth in an attempt to rebuild his career and climb the heavyweight ladder. The move comes following back-to-back defeats to American Tony Thompson, and Price believes he has now found the man to unlock his undoubted potential.
“It’s a fresh start,” he said. “I can leave behind what has happened but know that I’ve learnt from it. I’ve got the passion back now and am looking forward to getting in shape and putting a few things right. (more…)
In an effort to make attending the Fight Promoter University IX session set for December 4-6 in Southern California more attractive, FPU founder and fight promoter Roy Englebrecht announced that he has compressed the teaching curriculum into three days and lowered the tuition cost for FPU IX. Fight Promoter University IX the only fight promotions teaching seminar of its kind anywhere, and has already seen over 150 future fight promoters attend from all over the world, and FPU IX is now set for December 4-6, 2013 at the Hilton Orange County Airport in Irvine, California. Plus all students attending FPU IX will get to work the sold out Fight Club OC show on Thursday, December 5th. (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren has just announced that Dereck Chisora will face Arnold Gjergjaj for the European title subject to final confirmation and contract on November 30 at the Copper Box Arena in London. Gjergjaj, who hails from Switzerland, has a record of 22-0 with 16 KOs. 21 of his 22 fights have been in Switzerland. Chisora is his first “name” opponent.
Undefeated Aussie Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne is about to once again invade the United Kingdom when he faces Richard Towers on November 2nd in Hull, England. The bout is a final eliminator for the Commonwealth title, a belt that no Australian has held since Peter Jackson in 1892. Browne 17-0 (15 KO) departs Australia on October 20th, giving him plenty of time to acclimatise and to also fine tune at Ricky Hatton’s Hyde Gym.
“I can’t wait to get over to the UK and perform. I’ve got plenty of British and Irish fans following me on twitter and facebook and I hope they either come on the night or tune into Sky Sports. Richard and I are good friends, but this is strictly business. He’s standing in the way of my goals, so I need to take care of that.” (more…)
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